Spotting a pimple here and there sometimes is something we ladies have made our peace with. But if your skin is breaking out more often recently, it is a matter of worry. Maybe you’re breaking out because you’ve added new products to your routine that don’t suit your skin. Or maybe you’ve got recurring acne. Whatever your situation is, we’re here to help you get closer to your #ClearSkinGoals. Ahead, we’ve listed down five sneaky reasons that are causing you to break out often.
- 01. Stress is making your breakouts worse
- 02. Your new skincare product is clogging your pores
- 03. Your inadequate water intake is triggering breakouts
- 04. Not controlling what touches your skin is giving you pimples
- 05. Genetics and hormonal changes are causing acne
01. Stress is making your breakouts worse
Stress is a major cause of lots of issues, and breakouts are one of them. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol which makes your skin more oily, thus triggering acne. So, it's very important to take a breather and give yourself a physical and mental break every now and then. Other ways to relieve stress are regular exercising, meditating and yoga. Prioritise your mental health over everything and watch your skin (and mood) get better.
02. Your new skincare product is clogging your pores
Regular and recurring breakouts are your skin’s way of communicating with you. It’s important to pay close attention when you start using new products or switch up your skincare routine to see how your skin is reacting to it. Certain ingredients or formulas can clog the pores and cause breakouts. So, if you see consistent breakouts a few days/weeks into using a new product, it might be time to dump it.
03. Your inadequate water intake is triggering breakouts
One of the main culprits of breakouts is dehydration. When you don’t drink enough water, your dehydrated cells build up and retain oil, thus spawning your enemy number one — ACNE. So, make sure you’re not leaving your skin parched and download a water tracker if necessary to keep a track of your water intake. Drink a minimum of 8-10 tall glasses of water every day to stay hydrated.
04. Not controlling what touches your skin is giving you pimples
You know that involuntary impulse of touching your face often in any given situation? Yes, you have to control it because every time you’re touching it you are transferring dirt, oil and bacteria from your hand to your face. Another thing to keep in mind is to control hair from falling on your face as much as possible to prevent the transfer of hair products/dandruff onto your face, and trigger acne. A sneaky culprit for frequent breakouts is bedsheets and pillowcases. Make sure to change and wash them regularly in order to keep the skin clean and breakout-free.
05. Genetics and hormonal changes are causing acne
Although there is no particular gene that makes you prone to more acne or breakouts, genetics can impact your chances of fighting acne because your genes can determine how immune your body is to acne causing bacteria. Another involuntary reason for acne are hormonal changes during your periods, pregnancy or menopause. The only way to treat either of these is to maintain a healthy sleep-diet schedule combined with good skincare. It's advisable to consult a dermatologist for expert opinions in these cases.