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5 Unexpected Causes Of Breakouts Worth Remembering


April 15, 2021

Acne results from a complex mechanism in which multiple factors contribute: hormonal variations, genetic predisposition, incorrect skincare, stress, and some therapies. It is usual for people to suffer from this disorder for a short period of their lives. 

The condition is more common in adolescents, but symptoms can persist into adulthood and some people, especially women, present them for the first time after the age of twenty-five.

Besides being hormonal, other factors that can provoke acne are numerous and mainly concern the sufferer's lifestyle. When you start to break out excessively, try to take a holistic look at your health and skincare to prevent acne before it even begins.

1. Your Diet

Nutrition and common sense tell us that a healthy, balanced diet is the key to a healthy body and healthy skin. Try to eat a varied diet and write down foods that you think are causing blemishes or making your acne worse.

If that doesn't help, you can try implementing a foreclosure diet. The best way to achieve this is to eliminate the alleged culprits, such as foods with a high glycemic index, sugary products, and dairy products.

2. Skincare

Cleanse your skin morning and night, and be sure to remove all of your makeup before going to bed. Choose cleansers, moisturizers, and treatments specially formulated for acne-prone skin. 

Only use products proven to be non-comedogenic (i.e., acne-free). If you are undergoing medical acne treatment, be sure to use products compatible with your treatment.

3. Over-exposure To Sunlight

Many believe that exposure to sunlight improves the skin's appearance and dries out any pimples. There is no evidence to support this positive effect, and, indeed, ultraviolet rays would be able to stimulate the formation of blackheads. 

There is also a form of acne that appears after exposure to sunlight. Not surprisingly, in general, those with acne-prone skin are advised to use a specific photoprotector (i.e., a sunscreen).

4. Stress

The tension accumulated due to the commitments and responsibilities you have to juggle can favor the worsening of acne symptoms. Stress affects the appearance of new pimples, particularly in adults. 

Stress acts by triggering the synthesis of androgens. These are male hormones that are produced, in relatively small quantities, even in women. They increase the production of sebum by the skin, which leads to the formation of pimples.


5. Your Pillowcase

When last did you change your sheets? Our pillowcases act like sponges in the sense that they absorb everything we put on our face or hair, which does not help.

So once you've changed the pillowcase, turn it over after a while, and wash it often. In any case, it is an excellent rule to prefer pillowcases made of natural materials such as cotton and linen because by transpiring more, they retain less oil and dirt.