We all have bouts of breakouts.
I’m not talking about the urge to break into a song and dance routine in a crowded mall, or breaking into a fit of rage from breaking a fingernail, but of the embarrassing breakouts of acne.
It can happen no matter what your age. In fact statistics show that more than 50% of adult women and 25% of men have acne breakouts. So don’t feel alone teenagers!
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what causes acne so that you can see it coming or avoid it altogether? I know chocolate has gotten a bad rap for years as a major cause but in reality there are other causes worth looking into.
Here are some common causes and cures of acne:
Diet: You probably already know that eating junk food can be a major cause of acne breakouts, but also certain food allergies. Another cause is sodas and any drinks with caffeine that are detrimental to clear flawless skin. Whats the cure? Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
Hormones: If you notice acne breakouts more at the time of your menstruation, then your hormones could be the culprit. I can say I’ve been plagued by this type for many years, until I past menopause. I’ve heard that regular use of birth control pills helps.
Hair Products: If you use oils and sprays on your hair they can get on your skin and clog your pores, especially around your forehead, and neck. At night, after washing your face try sleeping with your hair tied up away from your face.
Bedding: When is the last time you washed your pillowcase and sheets? Your face may be clean but any dirt from your hair or in the air even can build up on your pillow, not to mention bacteria and germs. Best to wash bedding at least once a week.
Dry skin: I know this sounds absurd, but if your skin is overly dry it can actually produce more oil to compensate. All skin need moisture, but to different degrees. Some moisturizers are rich for extremely dry skin, and some light for more oily skin. Choose what’s best for your skin type.
STRESS! Stress can cause a multitude of health problems, one being skin conditions such as acne. You may not be able to relieve your stressful day to day situations, but try to take a break away from your routine once in a while. Have a little fun. It will do wonders for your health. Regular daily exercise also helps relieve stress, and provides a multitude of health benefits.
Touch: Are you constantly touching your face? I know I’m guilty of that one! Hands touch all kinds of nasty stuff throughout the day and can transfer germs and bacteria to your face.
I don’t mean to sound like your mother, but “keep your hands off your face, and wash them regularly”. Also a big NO-NO is when you have a pimple don’t squeeze it (remember don’t touch!) Squeezing can make it worse, last longer and cause scarring.
Here is another thing you may not of thought of, something that touches your face more than anything else, your cell phone. Ever notice how dirty, and greasy your phone gets from your hands? It’s best to use a “hands free” bluetooth as much as possible. To clean your phone just wipe it with antibacterial wipes or rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball every few days or at least once a week. Oh yeah and limit others from using your phone to avoid passing on germs and bacteria. I know I cringe when I see moms hand their toddlers a cell phone to play with, and they start drooling and sucking on them. Yikes, Germ City!
Makeup: Did you know that some ingredients in your makeup may actually clog pores can cause breakouts? Or you could have an allergic reaction to some product, and not even be aware of it. It’s important to remove makeup and wash your face thoroughly every night with a good facial cleanser, and exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead cells under the skin. It is also a good practice to clean your facial brushes and sponges regularly.
Smoking: Smoking not only adversely affects areas like the respiratory and immune system, but also clogs pores which can cause breakouts.
Cures for acne can differ depending on the cause and type of skin you have. If you have extremely bad acne or reoccurring breakouts it may be necessary to see a dermatologist.
If you have cystic pimples, ones that do not surface, they don’t normally respond to common treatments. I’ve heard ice helps with the pain. Unfortunately there is not alot you can do but be patient and let them dissolve on their own.
For mild to moderate acne breakouts look for products that contain Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.
Hope that some of these causes and cures can help you in your fight to combat acne breakouts and get your skin back to looking healthy and beautiful.