7 Surprising Causes of Skin Breakouts!
So you’ve tried everything; all the treatments, all the potions and lotions! You swear you’re doing everything right, yet your skin is still breaking out – badly!
It’s so frustrating when you feel like you cannot pinpoint the cause of your breakouts.
What if the cause of your skin breakouts was so obvious that it may not have occurred to you that it was even the problem?
7 Surprising Causes of Skin Breakouts
Your Acne Treatment is Making Your Skin Worse
If, when you see a new pimple crop up, your first instinct is to zap that sucker with a spot treatment, you’re not alone! It’s really tempting to want to treat zits right away, especially if you have a special occasion to attend.
Acne treatments usually contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, both drying agents. Unfortunately, these acne treatments, when used excessively, can lead to skin dryness and irritation. Your skin will start producing excess oils to compensate for the dryness, and this may lead to clogged pores and more breakouts.
You’re Scrubbing Your Face Too Much!
You may think that using a face scrub will clear your pores and rid you of blemishes. However, you could be doing harm using these abrasives. Scrubbing your skin too hard can damage your skin’s protective layer. When you strip your skin’s natural lipid (fat) barrier, you’re allowing bacteria into your pores and can unwittingly trigger new breakouts.
Your Hair Products are Clogging Your Pores
Hair products are rarely given any thought to when it comes to skin breakouts, however, they may be the main culprits to blame. They contain harsh chemicals like sulfates and pore-clogging silicones that may be responsible for your skin breakouts!
Your Clothing Detergent is Harsh on Your Skin
Your (not-so-innocent) clothing detergent might be another product to blame for your skin problems. Many detergents contain perfumes and dyes that can irritate your skin and provoke breakouts.
Your Bedding Isn’t Changed Often Enough
Dirty pillowcases breed bacteria and may cause skin breakouts. If you’re always breaking out, it’s a good idea to clean your bedding often. Remember to use a clothing detergent that’s safe for sensitive skin (perfume + dye free).
You’re Always Wearing Hats
The warm moist areas inside your hat are the ideal environment for bacteria to breed. If you tend to wear hats often, consider washing your face immediately after removing them to prevent the spread of bacteria which can lead to future skin breakouts.
Your Diet is Exacerbating Your Skin
Although your diet might not be directly responsible for your skin breakouts, it can certainly be an underlying factor. A poor diet can cause systemic inflammation and may trigger or worsen acne flare-ups.
It’s also wise to determine if you may have food sensitivities and/or allergies that may be linked to your chronic skin condition.