What Can Cause Acne

We've all been there! Not even the most rigorous skincare routine can prevent that one pesky pimple from ruining your entire evening out. Luckily, we've discovered some of the most prominent causes of breakouts that you can avoid. Fear no more, acne be gone!

Hormones are the major cause of acne

There's a reason why you're most likely to have severe acne during your teenage years. Acne is directly connected to the increase of androgen hormone levels, which happens during puberty. When these hormones rise, the oil glands in the skin enlarge and produce more oil, also known as sebum. As the sebum rises in the skin, it connects with infectious bacteria and dead skin cells. The resulting blockage begins the formation of a pimple.

Many makeup products contain pore-clogging ingredients

As we well know, clogged pores are a one-way street to pimple town. Many skin cleansers and lotions contain mineral oils, a heavy moisturising agent that clogs up your pores. Silicones are another ingredient that can cause breakouts. When shopping for cosmetics, check for the label "noncomedogenic". This means that the product you're buying is specifically formulated to prevent build-up in your pores.

Certain foods can cause acne

Your diet is super influential to the health of your skin. Earlier this year we discussed the foods that are most likely to cause breakouts. In case you need a refresher, you can find that post at the Eunoia Edit.

Stress is a major cause of breakouts

Our bodies can become stressed due to a whole number of reasons. This can be from work, to exercise, parenting or school. Stress causes the adrenal gland produces cortisol and simultaneously produces a small amount of testosterone. It is this hormone that causes the oil glands to overproduce oil, causing acne. By taking some time out to relax and wind down, you can reduce the body's response to stress.

Speaking of exercise!

Regular exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and has many positives for skin health. Exercising boosts circulation and produces sweat, which rids the body of impurities and toxins. However, workout routines can also be a source of these impurities. Dirty exercise equipment in a public gym is just festering with nasty bacteria. Make sure to shower immediately after working out to cleanse the body of all these toxins, sweat, and oils.

Cleansing too much can have the opposite effect

It might seem like the answer to breakouts is to moisturise more often and with more intensity. This isn't the case, however. Over-washing your face can make the problem worse by drying out the skin and causing it to produce even more oils.