Anyone who suffers from acne would agree managing it can feel like a full-time job. However, what you think is causing your acne may not actually be the whole story.
Washing your face in the morning and evening is a given, but there is more to it. These 12 factors could be responsible for your breakouts:
1. Your cell phone.
Your phone's screen and case can be covered with dirt, germs and bacteria from makeup and every table or bathroom counter you set it on. Wipe it down before use or use speaker phone.
2. Lack of water.
Water is essential for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy while also flushing out toxins. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day for a radiant complexion.
3. Too much dairy.
Dairy products may contain hormones that impact oil production in the skin, leading to acne. Try avoiding dairy products for a while to see if you notice a change in your skin.
4. Not washing after exercise.
There are two reasons exercise can lead to acne. The first cause is not taking a shower and washing your face after exercise, which allows dirt and sweat to settle into the pores. The other reason is using dirty workout equipment or wearing clothes that haven't been properly washed.
5. Your pillowcase.
While you're sleeping, your skin secretes oil and your hair leaves behind product on your pillowcase. Lastly, you may sweat. Sleeping on a dirty pillowcase can lead to acne. Wash your pillowcase every few days to limit this trigger.
6. Dead skin cells.
The skin needs regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells that can clog the pores, combining with oil and bacteria and leading to acne. But too much exfoliation can cause tiny scratches in the skin and make breakouts worse. Use a gentle scrub twice a week to reduce acne.
7. Hormonal shifts.
Your hormones fluctuate at different times in your life, the first being puberty. Women will also experience shifts in hormones during their menstrual cycle that can lead to breakouts. Limiting white flour, caffeine and white sugar have been shown to reduce hormonal flare ups.
8. Lack of essential nutrients.
Vitamin A and vitamin E are two nutrients needed for support skin's structure and clarity. If you aren't getting enough of them in your diet, try a supplement -- a daily multivitamin will help you cover all your bases.
9. Too much stress.
Stress triggers a spike in cortisol, a hormone, which can cause breakouts. Do what you can to limit stress in your daily life. One way is to pamper yourself. Take a bath with Epsom salts to draw out toxins and apply a clay mask to help balance the skin.
10. Certain medications.
If you take a steroid medication for a condition like allergies or asthma, that may be the cause of your acne. If you're concerned, speak with your doctor as well as a dermatologist about your skin before making any changes to your medication regimen.
11. Your makeup and brushes.
Your makeup and makeup brushes can harbor bacteria. They come in contact with your skin daily and collect dirt and oil with every swipe. Clean your brushes once a week and make sure to discard makeup when it expires. For most cosmetics, that's two to three years. For mascara, it's every three months.
12. Touching your face.
Every surface you touch, even your hair if you twirl it, can lead to acne if you touch your face afterwards. Keep your hands off throughout the day and if you have a blemish, don't pick it, which can cause infection and scarring.
We carry a selection of washes, scrubs and masks as well as oral and topical acne remedies. Shop today at eVitamins and let us know how they work for you!
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