If you are subjected to breakouts, pimples, spots and redness, you may find yourself wondering what causes acne. The answer isn’t necessarily straightforward, particularly when we take hormones, age, and lifestyle into account. We’ve compiled a list of the more common factors that may cause acne, to help you take the first step in understanding the potential everyday causes of skim blemishes, allowing it to be targeted at is source.
Touching Your Face
We do this countless times all day long, often without even realising, but as we progress through the day our hands come into contact with more dirt, germs and bacteria, meaning your face too quickly becomes one of the most unclean parts of your body. This bacterial build-up can easily contribute to acne and is a common cause of spots and pimples circulating around your jawline. Keep those hands in check, wash them as regularly as you can and also wipe down your phone every few hours to avoid the spread of germs.
A little stress is unavoidable, and some even believe it is good for us as we perform better under pressure due to an increase in hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, keeping us focussed and alert. However, too much stress over a prolonged period of time can have a detrimental effect on your body and mind. Stress can cause acne flare-ups and breakouts as over-production of cortisol (released to help your body cope with periods of tension and difficulty) causes your glands to produce more oil – which is a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to more inflamed, aggressive breakouts such as pus-filled pimples, as opposed to the usual whiteheads. Although you may have found this to be true from past experience, it has been confirmed in a recent scientific study of students taking exams – the more stressed of which experienced raised hormonal levels, exacerbating the severity of acne.
Increased Daily Dairy Intake
Painful pimples and those pesky spots that linger under your skin for weeks on end may be linked to the amount of dairy in your diet as it’s considered that the natural hormones contained within milk, which are similar to those produced during teenage years, are what cause acne. If you are in-taking a little more dairy than your body can usually tolerate, your skin works harder to get rid of the products that don’t agree with your body. If you’re not digesting dairy properly, this may manifest itself in harder spots and blemishes around the lower region of your face. Test this theory by cutting dairy from your diet for at least a couple of weeks to see if the situation lessens.
A tell-tale sign for many women that they are at the start of their menstrual cycle is a breakout of blemishes and unsightly spots right on cue. Whilst taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin B-6 one week prior to cycle can help control hormonal imbalances, experts argue it is also crucial to ingest skincare products with antibacterial ingredients to keep breakouts at bay. Our help: clear skin range is specially formulated with natural antimicrobial, antibacterial ingredients to treat the causes of acne at their source. Unlike spot treatments applied to the top layer of your skin, as it’s ingested help: clear skin targets the underlying causes of acne and helps get rid of spots from the inside out by reducing the bacteria your body produces. Its inflammatory properties mean that the size of existing spots is reduced and blemishes heal more quickly.
Travelling anywhere by aeroplane is notoriously bad for your skin. The low humidity dehydrates your skin, stripping it of essential moisture. The dehydrated cells caused by dry air can then build-up, trapping oil and dirt underneath the skin. Reduce bacteria by taking anti-bacterial skincare supplements and ensure your skin is well moisturised and kept clean throughout the flight to avoid a dermis disaster when you reach your destination.
It may seem comically ironic, but when some chemical or abrasive skincare products are introduced into your beauty regime this can cause an influx of unsightly blemishes. Some skincare products contain synthetic ingredients which may not be a good fit for your skin, whilst some may cause too much exfoliation which strips your skin of moisture and essential oils.
Want to learn more about the detrimental effect of certain skincare ingredients? Check out our post ‘Can the ingredients in your skincare products actually cause acne?’
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