10 Common Habits That Trigger Acne
Are you suffering from never-ending blackheads, pimples, and acne no matter what you do? The answer might lie in your daily habits. Check out our guide to discover what factors may be contributing to your breakouts.
1. Sleeping with Makeup On
Don’t crash into bed without taking off all the makeup! It will clog your pores with all the makeup, sweat, and dirt that’s built up on your face throughout the day.
2. Smoking and Drinking
Smoking damages collagen and elastin on your skin which as a result can make it more difficult for the skin to heal acne and acne scars. Drinking too much and too often can make your skin dehydrated which can also lead skin to over-produce oil in response.
Many people assume that if you wash your face more than twice a day it will help fighting the acne. Actually, the opposite it true. Over-washing removes the good oils on the skin and dries skin out. Also, if you use harsh cleansers like physical scrub, it can cause irritation. It is best to use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and chemical exfoliant instead of physical. Remember less is more!
4. Dirty Pillowcase
Pillowcase can cause acne breakouts because of the accumulation of bacteria, dirt, and oils that come from the environment and from our own skin and hair from daily use. Don’t forget to change and clean your pillowcase on a regular basis!
5. Sweaty Workout Clothes
Wearing tight clothes while working out can irritate the skin and cause acne. Also, trapped heat and sweat can increase the number of bacteria. It is important to wear breathable clothing while you work out and then shower immediately following a work out.
6. Share Makeup, or Makeup Applicators
Acne isn’t contagious, but when you share makeup, or makeup applicators like brushes, the acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells can wind up in your makeup and transfer them to your skin. As a result, it can clog your pores leading to breakouts.
7. Pop or Squeeze Breakouts
When you pop or squeeze acne, you’re likely to push some what’s inside deeper into your skin. This will increase inflammation and lead to more-noticeable acne and sometimes scarring and pain.
8. Stressing Out
Stress can’t directly cause acne but it can make it worse. Stress releases hormones into the body which can lead to inflammation and increase oil production. Excess oil clogs the pores and combined with bacteria can cause a big inflamed zit. Try to recognize and remain mindful of when you are most likely to get stressed so that you can come up with preventative strategies.
9. Lack of Sleep
Sleep deprivation elevates stress levels which makes you more prone to stress-induced acne. When you get a good night's sleep, you wake up refreshed and your skin glows naturally from within. Sleeping for 7-9 hours is vital for healthy skin.
10. Unhealthy Diet
Unhealthy diet is also unhealthy for skin. Foods with a high-glycemic load such as white breads, pasta, and fried foods spike blood sugar which can lead to acne. It is also important to talk to your doctor before significantly changing your diet.