Hidden triggers of Acne

Acne can appear without notice on your face or other areas of your body. The sudden flare up may leave you wondering – what caused this unwelcomed breakout? The truth is there are many sneaky culprits in our daily life that can contribute to acne, here’s what you need to know:

1. Cosmetics

Acne caused by topical creams, lotions, sunscreen, and hair and make-up products is known as acne cosmetica. Cosmetic products with talc powder or mineral oil tend to clog the pores and cause acne breakouts. Always go for oil-free and non-comedogenic products. It is also very important to carefully remove any makeup and wash away heavy hair care products before heading to bed.

2. Medications

Avoid medications that have steroids, cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone, also watch out for those that contain lithium, lithium chloride, and any forms of iodine. Check with your doctor and make sure he’s aware of your conditions and concerns.

3. Mobile Phone

Your cell phone accumulates all kinds of dirt and bacteria throughout the day. When your phone rubs on your skin, the bacteria and friction can aggravate your skin and lead to an acne breakout. Clean your cell phone with alcohol or Clorox a few times a week and if you’re planning on a long chit chat, consider using an earpiece.

4. Dead Skin

Dandruff blizzard? Not fun, dead skin often causes pimples in the scalp. Wash hair with anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner and avoid rinsing hair with very hot water.

5. Yoga Mat

Communal yoga mats gather dirt and bacteria after being frequently used by people in the yoga studio. When you drip with sweat and rub your face on the mat, the bacteria there may get in contact with your face, clog your pores, and eventually form acne. Always place a clean towel on the mat during your workout, even if you’re using your personal yoga mat.

6. Dairy Products

Dairy products are said to be one of the leading causes of breakouts. If you are prone to acne you should decrease the intake of dairy products such as milk, ice cream, butter and cheeses that are high in fat.

7. Stress

Studies show that stress raises the level of the hormone cortisol, which increases oil production, and leads to bouts of acne or aggravates existing acne. Research also found that college students experience breakouts the most during their exams, when they usually feel most stressed.

To deflate stress, make sure to sleep well, exercise regularly, and allow yourself time to relax or to do something that you enjoy each day.

There are so many other factors that can also contribute to acne outbreaks, for example, many people experience acne as a result of pregnancy or weight gain. Understanding the various causes can help you get to the root of your acne to prevent and control breakouts, or clear away the condition completely with the appropriate treatments or skin care products.