4 Lesser-Known Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Breakouts
Perhaps one of the biggest disappointments of adulthood is the continued breakout of pimples. Pimples and acne are some of the many things adults would have rather left with their teenage years. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Since you have gone through puberty, you may be curious as to what else is causing your breakouts. There are a few things you may not expect are causing breakouts. Read on to learn what these lesser-known reasons are and how to prevent further breakouts.
What Are Acne Breakouts?
Acne is a skin condition where pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads appear on the face, chest, and back. Acne breakouts, generally, refer to pimples. Although acne is typically believed to be common among teenagers due to their changing hormones during puberty, many adults also have acne breakouts of varying degrees. The most commonly cited causes of acne in adults are stress, fluctuating hormone levels (for women), genetics, dirty headgear or phones, medications, medical conditions, use of comedogenic make-up products, and unhealthy diets.
4 Things That May Be Causing Your Breakouts
Stress, hormones, germs on your pillowcase and smartphones, and the dreaded masks. We all know these things cause breakouts, and you are probably taking measures to avoid these. But if you are still experiencing breakouts despite your efforts, something else may be amiss. These four things are not often discussed as possible causes of acne breakouts. But if you feel like you have done everything without any success, it may pay to consider whether these are the culprits for your acne breakouts.
Using Too Many Skincare Products
Skincare products are meant to keep your skin healthy and free of acne. Why is it listed here? There are three main reasons:
Using too many products at once is not good for the skin. For those with sensitive skin or a history of acne, using too many different products on your skin may irritate it and cause breakouts.
Switching between different products or brands too often also tends to aggravate the skin. Your skin needs to get used to the products for them to work. Switching up your skincare too often may be too challenging for your skin to keep up.
There is also a possibility that you might use a product that does not agree with your skin. But if you’re using too many products, you may not immediately pinpoint the culprit.
Oftentimes, a basic skincare regimen is more beneficial than a complex routine that takes hours. Save your skin and your money by keeping your skincare routine simple with products that work and sticking with them.
What To Do:
Try our recommended basic skincare routine:
The most basic skincare routine involves an acne facial wash or a good pore-cleansing facial wash, a moisturizer, spot treatment, and sunscreen. Add to this a weekly routine of exfoliating with a face mask to remove deep-seated dirt and remove dead skin cells.
Your Skin Type
Oily skin is always blamed for breakouts. It is true that people with oily skin tend to get breakouts because the overproduction of oil blocks their pores and that leads to inflammation and, eventually, pimples or acne. However, a lesser-known reason for breakouts is dry or dehydrated skin. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, your skin most likely has microscopic cracks where bacteria may stay and multiply. Additionally, dry skin flakes may clog the pores and cause pimples.
Generally speaking, not taking proper care of your skin based on your skin type’s needs is likely to lead to acne breakouts. People with combination skin, for instance, need to use the appropriate products for different zones of their face to avoid aggravating the oily parts or further dehydrating other parts. How to tell what skin type you have? Here is a quick guide:
- Oily – skin tends to be shiny due to excess oil and has large pores
- Dry – has dry spots or flaking skin, and often feels tight due to lack of natural oils
- Combination – has a combination of oily areas, usually the t-zone area, and dry patches, typically the cheek area
- Normal – not too oily, does not have dry areas either; also, does not react too harshly to new products
- Sensitive – prone to irritation or inflammation due to certain products or environmental factors
What To Do:
The first step toward avoiding this problem is knowing your skin type and what it needs. Be careful with the skincare products you use on your face as well. Make sure they are the right ones for your skin and that you are using each one correctly. For example, do not use spot treatment products throughout your face as that may cause irritation.
Too Much Sun
Do you love staying under the sun for hours? If so, this habit of yours may be the reason for your breakouts. This is a two-part reason. The first possible reason for your trigger is your sunscreen. If you like staying under the sun, you most likely use heavy sunscreens to protect your skin from UV. However, heavier sunscreens tend to be made with oils and other chemicals that clog the pores, which leads to breakouts. The second possible reason is the sun’s effect on the skin itself. The sun, especially if you get sunburnt, dries out the skin. the skin feels dry after or because of sun exposure, the sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil than is necessary. Once more, the oil clogs the pores and causes acne.
What To Do:
Minimizing sun exposure will surely help minimize acne breakouts. However, if sun exposure is inevitable in your lifestyle, there are still a few things you can do to reverse its effects.
- Use a sunscreen that doesn’t clog the pores. Reapply it as necessary to ensure that your skin is protected.
- Apply moisturizer after sun exposure to replenish any moisture lost.
- Drink lots of water to hydrate your whole body, including the skin.
This last reason may sound weird, but that’s exactly why it is listed down here. Hairstyling products are often made with various oils and silicones. Although you use them on your hair, they may still touch your face. First, when your hair touches your face, traces of the hairstyling products are left behind on your skin. This is particularly true for people with bangs. Second, hairstyling products sometimes seep onto the forehead without you noticing. These hairstyling products clog your pores and, in doing so, also causes breakouts.
What To Do:
Avoiding hairstyling products has benefits for the hair and scalp, not just the skin. However, if hairstyling is a must for you, you can prevent products from getting onto your face by keeping your hair away from the face. You may also consider wiping your forehead and other areas that may be affected with a cleanser to remove traces of hairstyling products.
Breakouts are a complicated problem. We may do things that we don’t know are causing our breakouts or are aggravating them. Things that we think are good for our skin, such as skincare products, when overdone, may end up being detrimental to the skin. Likewise, things that seem benign or not related to acne, such as hairstyling products, our skin type, or sun exposure may be the culprit. For those striving for flawless skin, constant vigilance is necessary. Observe how your skin reacts to products and, even, certain activities you do. This way, you can address the right reasons for your breakouts.