If you are susceptible to acne, pimples, spots and skin redness, you may wonder what causes your symptoms – it could be some of these six common causes of 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, helping you take the first step towards understanding the potential everyday causes of skin problems. Read on. You probably won’t be surprised!
Touching Your Face
We do this countless times a day without even realising. But as we progress through the day our hands come into contact with more dirt, germs and bacteria. Your face quickly becomes one of the most unclean parts of your body. The resulting bacterial build-up can easily contribute to acne. It is a common cause of the spots and pimples circulating around your jawline. Try and keep your hands in check and wash them regularly. Also, wipe down your phone and keyboard every day with an anti-bacterial wipe. It will help to keep the acne-causing bacteria at bay.
A little stress is unavoidable. It can be good for us, as we often perform better under pressure. This is 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 skin breakouts due to the overproduction of cortisol. Cortisol is released to help your body cope with periods of tension and can cause your glands to produce more oil. This can lead to more inflamed, aggressive spot breakouts such as pus-filled pimples.
Increased Daily Dairy Intake
Painful pimples and pesky spots may be linked to the amount of dairy in your diet. The natural hormones contained within milk, which are similar to those produced during the teenage years, can cause acne. If you’re not digesting dairy properly, this may manifest itself in 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. If the spots reduce in size and frequency you may have found one of your triggers.
A tell-tale sign for many women that they are at the start of their menstrual cycle is a spot breakout. Taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin B-6, one week prior to cycle, can help control hormonal imbalances. And many nutritionists recommend foods and food supplements with antibacterial properties and ingredients to keep breakouts at bay. Unlike spot treatments applied to the top layer of your skin, supplements containing ingredients with antimicrobial benefits can target the underlying causes of acne. They help get rid of spots from the inside out by reducing the bacteria your body produces. The size of existing spots is reduced, blemishes heal more quickly, and the number of new spots is reduced.
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 skin care supplements. Moisturise your skin before takeoff. And stay hydrated during the flight.
It may seem ironic. But when you introduce some skincare products into your beauty regime they can often have a negative effect on your skin. Some skincare products contain synthetic ingredients which may not be a ‘good fit’ for your skin. They can cause too much exfoliation which strips your skin of moisture and essential oils.