10 possible causes of acne flareups

Has anyone ever told you that you’re breaking out because you eat too much sugar? Well, here’s the good news – you can keep eating sugar because its probably not what is causing your breakouts! 

There has never been any scientific research to prove that sugar binges are in any way correlated to acne breakouts. With that being said, there are some surprising things that may be the cause. Here are 10 things that might be causing your breakouts:

1) Your boyfriend’s beard

Unfortunately, whether it looks good or not, your boyfriend’s facial hair is full of dirt and germs. And when you’re kissing, it rubs up against your skin and creates friction. This friction stimulates oil production which in turn can lead to massive breakouts.

2) Spicy food

Sugar may not be causing your breakouts, but spicy foods might. According to research, some foods (such as tomatoes and peppers) contain acidic lycopene. While it doesn’t affect everyone the same, such ingredients can irritate some peoples skin by throwing off their pH balance which can be a trigger for acne. Other foods that can act in a similar manner are dairy foods and breads.

3) Your hair products

Though shampoos, conditioners, and stylers only go on your scalp, they can still wreak havoc on your skin. Such products contain sulfates and silicones that can seep into your pores causing them to clog. If you suffer from acne on your chest, back, or along the hairline, your hair products could be to blame.

4) Smoking

Smoking is bad for you in so many different ways, but one of the main things it targets is your skin. In terms of acne, every time you light up a cigarette the amount of oxygen going to your skin is decreased. Not only does this cause collagen and elastin to break down, but the carcinogens within the cigarette can also irritate and dry out your skin. This leads your skin to produce more oils, which in turn can lead to acne breakouts.

5) Your pillowcase

Every night when we sleep, we leave sweat and oil behind on our pillowcase – even if we wash our face before bed. When you go to lay your head down on the pillow the following night, the dirt and grime from the night before is transferred back onto your skin. Acne breakouts caused by pillows can be easily avoided by washing your pillow cases regularly.

6) Your detergent

Continuing on from our pillowcase point above, you should wash them regularly but also need to be careful what you wash them in. Some laundry detergents use harsh chemicals that can leave behind residue even after being washed. If this residue comes into contact with your skin it could cause irritation and lead to breakouts.

7) Your mobile phone

FACT: Your mobile phone is the filthiest thing you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis. In fact, just one square inch of your phone contains over 25, 000 germs! Think about it – oil, dirt, bacteria – they all build up on your cell phone and then you put it right up to your face – gross, right? Luckily, this is an easy fix too. Buy some disinfectant wipes and wipe down your phone screen daily.

8) Your hat

Hats are bacteria traps. Sweat is our body’s way of releasing toxins. But when we sweat with a hat on, that sweat and those toxins and bacteria become trapped with nowhere to go but into your skin. This leads to a quick clogging of the pores and can quickly lead to acne around the hair line. Your hands are also full of sweat and germs, so try not to rest your chin on your hand while sitting at a table. In fact, try not to touch your face at all!

9) Popping your pimples

Mny sufferers are guilty of this. Unfortunately, most  end up regretting it the next day when the pimple becomes a huge red mark or scar. But what’s really bad about pimple popping is that when you do it, you could cause the bacteria to spread even deeper into your skin which could lead to an even heavier breakout.

10) Stress

In a 2003 study by Stanford University, researchers found that acne flareups were more common during exams (a stressful time period) than any other time. And while science has shown that there definitely is a link between stress and acne, scientists aren’t quite sure what the connection is yet. With that being said, there are theories that sebum production could be intensified during times of high stress, thereby leading to breakouts. (Sebum is an oily substance produced in the skin which can mix with dead skin cells to clog follicles)

If you do have acne, try eliminating some of the things above from your daily life and hopefully it will improve!

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