You are doing everything you can to prevent acne breakouts and yet they keep happening. Why?? We’ve collated 5 things you do daily that can cause acne breakouts or aggravate acne vulgaris, cystic acne and adult acne – things we probably all do day-to-day without even realising they may be the cause of unhealthy skin and certain types of acne.
Stress and adult acne
Hello…Who doesn’t have stress in their daily life at the moment? Unfortunately, some people’s reaction to stress can have a significant effect on their skin, particularly if they’re prone to severe acne. Stress can develop from issues at work or in our home life and can affect all of us at some point in our lives. Stress itself doesn’t cause acne but it can aggravate it, as it causes hormone levels to rise and fall. These hormonal fluctuations can stimulate oil glands and make hormonal acne much more likely to develop during periods of stress.
The best way to help prevent acne breakouts caused by stress is to find simple and effective ways to deal with stress that work for you. Meditation, deep breathing, even talking to someone can help. Exercise is a great way to alleviate stress, increase an overall sense of wellbeing and improve your skin health. Sleep is necessary to recharge your batteries, allowing your body to relax and heal. A good night’s sleep won’t get rid of spots but it can help to prevent spots and your goal should be to see it as a key part of your skin care routine; and don’t forget that all important time-management that we all struggle to achieve. Try to get the right balance between juggling work and family so that you are not overwhelmed by your to-do list.
Touching your face increases the chance of spots on face
Touching our face numerous times during the day is something we all do, whether we’re aware of it or not. A behavioural observation study involving 26 medical students at the University of new South Wales observed that the students touched their face 23 times in an hour, touching their nose, eyes and mouth and a combination of all three.
So, whilst reading this blog, so far you’ve probably touched your face 3-4 times already. The same goes whilst talking on the phone, and pondering the meaning of life whilst waiting for the kettle to boil! It could be anytime and anywhere. Our hands carry germs and bacteria which is then transferred to our faces, so we could be preparing our skin for an infection and for acne to develop.
How can we combat this seemingly involuntary habit and prevent spots forming? Most likely we can’t unless you have enormous willpower. However, we can try to reduce the number of times we touch our face as well as keeping our hands as clean as possible so that when we touch our face we lessen the bacteria transference and prevent acne from forming.
Hair product ingredients that aggravate types of acne
I have a good skincare routine so why do I keep getting spots? Some haircare products contain ingredients that can aggravate skin if you suffer from cystic acne, adult acne and hormonal acne. Many hair care products contain silicones, oil and plasticisers that can clog pores when your hair touches your face. These ingredients can also transfer to your pillow case so make sure you wash your bed linens weekly. If your hair loves these types of hair products, unfortunately your skin won’t so take a look at the ingredients in your favourite hair products and make the switch to more skin-friendly options if possible. Another clear skin tip is to avoid wearing your hair down if you’re not able to wash your hair regularly. This helps prevent oils from your hair transferring to your skin and clogging pores which in turn can cause spots to form.
Not showering post-workout?
You’ve put in the hard time, lifted weights, increased sets & reps, added some cardio, maybe even some HIIT and your clothes are saturated with sweat – a sign of a great workout, right? So why would you skip the post-workout shower? Sweat mixed with dirt can clog pores which can cause skin breakouts on your face, chest or back. Make sure you shower after working out to prevent spots from forming.
Best foods for clear skin? Try and avoid processed food.
Your body needs to be nourished to stay healthy and perform at its very best… and this is especially true for your skin. In order for skin to be healthy we need to nourish it and invest in it. Consuming processed foods is not nutritionally beneficial to you or your body. Foods such as white bread, rice and pasta (refined carbs) cause the body to have a high glycaemic index which causes insulin to spike causing an increase in sebum production and clogged pores. A diet high in refined carbs is detrimental to good skin health. A healthy, clear skin diet is key if you want to prevent acne from forming
Here at Works With Water we are keen to promote clear skin tips that fit easily into your daily skin care routine. PRAVENAC help: clear skin has been developed with skin nutrition at its core – to feed your skin naturally from within.
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PRAVENAC help: clear skin works to reduce the bacteria your body produces to prevent and reduce acne breakouts. One less thing to stress about!