Acne-prone people are born with four to five times more skin cells than the average person, and their skin produce more oil than the average person. This combination is the initial cause of the problem. And there are also several other factors that can cause or worsen acne such as constipation, excess fat consumption etc.
Also there may be other ways you are irritating your skin which you may not be aware of. While there are few factors that come naturally, in most cases the reason for causing these uncontrolled zits is your daily routine.
10 Daily Habits That Cause Acne:
1) Using Skin Products That Has Skin-Irritating Ingredients:
Your foundation, sunscreen, moisturizer or any other skin products may contain ingredients that irritate the skin. Check the ingredients label and try to avoid any of such products.
- One of the acne offenders in these products is FD&C which is an artificial color that is added into your lipsticks, blush, foundations etc.
- Lanolin is another name of sheep sebum which is used in these products. While lanolin is good for dry skin, it is worse for acne prone skin.
- Mineral Oil in the skin care products form a film over the skin and traps dead skin cells and bacteria. It also increases the production of sebum. This is the main reason for causing acne and also those tiny white bumps on the skin called milia.
- Petroleum, just like the mineral oil, traps dead skin cells and bacteria and also increases the production of sebum that causes acne.
- Isopropyl Myristate contained in the skin care products can actually make your skin feel less greasy, but it also clogs pores and causes skin irritation.
- Artificial Fragrance can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.
The first thing you might be doing if you have acne prone skin is washing your face a number of times a day and dry it away. Removing all the oil and moisture from the face is definitely a main reason that irritates the skin. Drying out your skin using harsh cleaners, soaps and alcohol-based toners can actually lead to more sebum production later, says experts.
Be gentle with your skin and keep it hydrated. Note that hydration does not mean ‘greasy’. Use a cleanser made specifically for acne prone skin and follow up with a light oil-free moisturizer. Avoid harsh soaps and alcohol based toners on the face.
While speaking on your mobile, watching tv or computer screen, check if you are simply resting your hand on the face, or pressing the mobile against your cheeks, which exposes your skin to tons of bacteria. Also keep your mobile phone, pillow cover, hands etc very clean.
Mental stress increases the hormones that can cause acne. There are also a number of ways that stress and anxiety can affect your health and skin. Indulge in cooking new recipes, writing, try a good face or hair mask, shop, watch some fun on tv or youtube or meet good friends to combat stress and recharge yourself. If you have the will, it is not difficult to keep yourself healthy.
Not changing the pillow cases, sheets, towels etc for number of days is also one of the main reasons that cause acne. The dirt, dust mites and their faeces, dead skin cells accumulated in the pillows and pillow cases are the breeding grounds for many health concerns including skin diseases. Invest in changing your pillows frequently or wash them regularly.
Hair products with oil, silicones, and plasticizers will clog your pores if they get onto your skin. If you want to wear your hair down, try to steer clear of products with those ingredients.
While it is important to choose non-comedogenic skin care products, it is also equally imposrtant to keep your brushes, sponges, and other applicators free from bacteria and dead skin cells. If you are using your make-up tools for longer periods or not cleaning them regularly, then you are using some zit factories to work on your face. Clean the make-up brushes with a mild shampoo once a week.
Acne may be caused by frequently eating foods known to spike your blood sugar levels like refined sugar, white bread, pastas, and fried foods. Observe carefully if you have acne breakouts the next day after eating a specific food item. Make a list of such foods, observe whenever you eat the same kind of food, so that you may know those particular foods that are causing acne for you.
Even fragrance in the make-up products, hair sprays and detergents can cause acne. Your perfume is also a reason for causing acne. Avoid your face when spraying fragrance. An easy way to do this is to spray perfume on your wrists instead of directly on your neck, then rub them against your neck.
Tanning causes your skin to increase dead skin cells. The more the dead cells, the more the acne breakouts. Getting a suntan is never good for your skin. A little sun exposure is useful for helping your body make vitamin D, but too much sun exposure only ages your skin.