What Makes You Breakout?
We all breakout at some time or another. The fact is that more than 64% of people in their 20s and 43% of those in their 30s still breakout on a regular basis. All breakouts are the result of these four things happening to the skin:
- High production of oil
- Pore-clogging dead skin cells
- Acne-causing bacteria (P.acnes)
But do you know what makes you breakout? It could be hormones, stress, diet, makeup or even a change in the weather.
There are many forms and stages of acne, starting with blocked pores that become whiteheads or blackheads that can lead to painful cystic acne. The sooner you understand the reason for your breakouts and recognize the signs of a blemish the sooner you can treat it – and hopefully prevent it from becoming something more than just an annoying pimple!
Things That Can Cause Breakouts
Most of us believe that clean skin will prevent breakouts – having clean skin and unclogged pores is essential for keeping your skin blemish free – but don’t make the mistake of over-cleansing or scrubbing (a common mistake) – this only leads to inflamed skin or overstimulated oil glands, both of which can lead to breakouts.
There are many other reasons why we breakout though – perhaps one of these will resonate with you:
Stress – not everyone breaks out when under stress, but many people do, especially those who are acne-prone. That’s because stress causes a chemical response in the body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.
Hormones – hormones called androgens increase during puberty, causing the oil glands (sebaceous glands) to enlarge and produce more oils. Also, hormonal changes related to pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, and even menopause, all interrupt the skin’s balance and can lead to breakouts.
Dairy – research shows that dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt can trigger breakouts. That’s because dairy products can cause higher levels of a growth factor called IGF-1. For more information on this, read Does Drinking Milk Cause Acne?
Trans Fats – these are hard to avoid, especially in most processed foods and snacks. Trans fats can cause inflammation which leads to breakouts. A diet of fresh foods, fruits and vegetables will help avoid trans fats – see more about Foods for Healthy Skin.
Cell Phone – your iPhone, Smartphone or your Cell phone (it does not matter) can cause breakouts. That’s because most people do not clean their phone on a regular basis and they become loaded with oils and bacteria which most definitely can cause breakouts. Learn more about this skin condition called Acne Mechanica
Prescription Drugs – some prescribed medications can cause acne and breakouts. Drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium are known to cause acne.
Makeup – one of the most common causes of new breakouts. That’s because the makeup is not compatible with your skin type and/or the makeup is clogging the pores which leads to breakouts. Look for products that are Dermatology tested and labeled noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
Stomach Problems – this is not one you usually hear about, but there is a direct link between those with stomach problems like irritable bowel syndrome or frequent upset stomach. A visit to your Gastroenterologist could help your stomach problems and clear your skin at the same time.
Chocolate – this one is always debated. Some say ‘yes’, and some say ‘no way!’ We find that those who claim that chocolate causes breakouts do experience this after eating chocolate. That’s because chocolate is a stimulant and could cause an inflammatory reaction in the skin that leads to a breakout.
Click the links below and learn about acne and how to treat, heal and prevent it.
- Natural Remedies for Acne
- Treating Teenage Acne
- Grapefruit Skincare
- Home Remedies for Acne
- Acne: Does Drinking Milk Cause Acne?
- Treating Acne with Salicylic Acid
- Adult Acne – It’s more common than you think
- Glycolic Acid – How It Works and What it Does
- Cosmetic Acne
- The Basics of Treating Back Acne
- Myths About Acne
- The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple in 10 Easy Steps