Reasons Why Your Skin is Experiencing Acne Breakout

There is nothing more annoying than having a fresh breakout on your face when you think you’ve found the perfect skincare routine that works for you or probably a recurring acne that keeps appearing in the same spot. If you are on the quest to find out why you keep experiencing fresh breakouts all the time, there is a chance that something in your daily routine is contributing to your breakouts.

Breakouts are majorly triggered by the overproduction of oils as well as hormones. Hormones increase your oil production which clogs the hair follicles and leads to the growth of the zit causing bacteria known as p.acnes. Everyone’s skin is not the same and genetics contributes to how your body reacts to acne-stimulating hormones. For this reason, no single routine will work for everyone across the board. So the best option for starters is to seek the help of a dermatologist.

For now, you might want to look into your daily routine and find out why the breakouts keep coming back because sometimes, these breakouts are caused by bad skincare habits.

1. Your face scrub is making your acne breakouts worse:

While it is very important to exfoliate your skin, scrubbing your skin whether, with a washcloth, rough acne face wash, or cleansing brushes every time might make your breakouts worse. The idea is to repair the skin’s protective barrier in order to block bacteria not cause more damage to your skin by constant scrubbing. Wash and exfoliate your face with a mild yet effective formula that doesn’t require constant scrubbing.

2. Ingredients in your products are acne-causing agents:

If the breakouts are frustrating you, you might consider taking a peep at the ingredients your facial products are made with. Products made with mineral oil are usually very heavy and clog the pores. If you are prone to blackheads and whiteheads, coconut oil is not good for your skin because it is notorious for clogging the pores. Read your labels and also get rid of any product that contains ingredients that aren’t good for your skin.

3. Your hair products are clogging your pores: 

The same pore-clogging moisturizing agents and sulfates found in skincare products can be found in shampoo, conditioner, and other styling hair products. The same way they can cause breakouts on your face is how these ingredients in the hair products can seep into the pores on your scalp and clog them, resulting in acne breakouts such as pimples along your hairline and scalp. Switch to sulfate-free shampoo

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4. You are not washing your face and pillowcase well: 

Dirt, oil, and makeup usually build up on the skin during the day, so if your face is not washed well before going to bed, all that garbage will be transferred from your face to your pillowcase which goes back into your face again while you sleep. When you constantly do this, rubbing your face against the garbage on your pillowcase, you stand a higher chance of having acne breakouts. Wash your pillowcase every 2-3 days.

5. Lack of sleep could trigger breakouts: 

Sleep is a time of rest and repair. It is during this time that cortisol level in the body decreases. Not getting enough sleep means that our body is exposed to high levels of cortisol which can trigger breakouts. This also happens when you are stressed, the cortisol-releasing hormones can bind to your oil glands which causes acne.

6. You are drying out your skin with too much acne cream: 

If you are always loading your face up with spot treatment creams at the first sight of a bump, you can dry out your skin and trigger it to produce more oil and zits. Also, the active ingredients in the spot treatments can burn the top layer of your skin making them red and raw. Don’t throw the spot cream away but stop overdoing it. 2-3 times a week is enough.

7. Your face mask is causing acne breakouts: 

If you’ve noticed fresh breakouts on your chin and cheeks, it could be as a result of all the sweat, oil, bacteria, and humidity trapped under your face covering. Because of the global crisis, face masks have become a part of our daily outfit. Those trapped bacteria can create the perfect breeding ground for breakouts. To prevent this, consider wearing a face mask made with breathable fabrics and also make sure you wash them after use because you don’t want to reintroduce those sweats and oils trapped in the face mask back to your face.

8. Your sweaty workouts are causing acne: 

You should always hit the shower right after a workout session because skipping it and not washing your face allows a mixture of dirt, bacteria, and oil to seep into your skin and cause breakouts & clogged pores. Before you start working out, clean your face to remove makeup. Shower immediately after working out. If you don’t have time, use a facial wipe to clean away all pore-clogging oil and bacteria

9. You are picking your face: 

It’s always very tempting to pick your own pimples. But this is not a good thing as you can run the risk of pulling the bacteria inside and make the problem worse when you try to press the blackheads or pus out of your pore. Touching your face could also transfer bacteria from your hand to your face.

10. Your laundry detergent is irritating your skin: 

According to research, some laundry detergents can be very harsh on the skin, therefore once you put on your cloth, your complexion or skin tone might start reacting to the residue that is left on your fabric, resulting in breakouts on your face, back, and chest. If you switched to a new detergent and notice fresh breakouts, the detergent could be your problem. Choose a detergent that is fragrance-free and one that is good for sensitive skin.

11. They might not be acne: 

Sometimes, the bumps you are trying so hard to get rid of, might really not be acne and that explains why they aren’t disappearing like you wanted them to. If the breakouts are around your hairline, chest, back, or forehead, looks small and itchy same-sized red bumps? This might be a fungal infection. It is an infection of the hair follicle and needs a different approach for treatment.

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