My skin is breaking out: What does that mean?
How can I get rid of it?
We’re all prone to acne, and those nasty pimples and zits, but why are we getting them?
It could be a number of things, more commonly it could be that:
Your Makeup Brushes Aren't Clean
This is obvious, but unfortunately we’re all culprits of this. Putting the brushes on your skin, after they’ve collected residue and haven’t been washed after your last use is for sure going to break you out.
Tip: Try cleaning them as soon as you use them/ early on so that you won’t forget. It helps to buy a brush cleaning spray to make the whole process faster!
It's That Time of the Month
Ugh. Cramps, bloating, moodiness, and breakouts? Sounds unfair.
Unfortunately, menstrual acne is real, (sorry) it’s basically a flare up of blemishes you get every month (usually) before your period begins.
“Hormones called androgens over stimulate the skin's oil glands, which frequently leads to a breakout around menstruation. (If you break out along your jawline, this is the likely culprit.) Some women find relief by going on oral contraceptives — aka the Pill — but you'll need to discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.”
Tip: Try using the Pill, or if you’d prefer an alternative method, try cutting out dairy/animal products two weeks before your period starts. Also wash your face!
Picking at Your Face
Don’t touch your face! Honey, if you only take one thing out of this post, stop touching your face!
Touching your face only irritates your skin, especially if you’re picking at pimples and whiteheads, which only lead to scars – which mean more breakouts! You’re inviting germs onto your face, because you don’t realize the places you’re hands have touched throughout the day and it can lead to inflammation.
Tip: Don’t touch your face!
You Need More Sleep
A proper amount of sleep is literally the answer to everything. It helps reduce stress, increases productivity, helps you lose weight, and clears your skin?
Is sleep the new coconut oil? (Answer: It’s always been)
Not sleeping enough inflicts stress on the body, which raises levels of cortisol, the so-called "stress hormone." “In turn, cortisol creates breakouts. Aim for eight hours of sleep per night, even if you have to wear a sleep mask or earplugs to catch those z’s.”
Tip: turn off your electronics an hour before your set bedtime and get in bed on time!
Your Sheets Are Dirty
When was the last time you changed your sheets? Bed linens can harbor bacteria, which are more than happy to multiply on your face. Change your pillowcases at least twice a week. Such a simple solution to protect your face from breakouts, yet most of us don’t do it?
Tip: Set a reminder on your phone that reminds you to change your pillowcase (and bed sheets).
Your Diet Is Breaking You Out
Want to change your skin? Change your diet. Dairy is the leading cause to acne Eliminating dairy; caffeine, peanuts, seaweed, sugar, and soy can lead to clearer skin. Drink almond milk instead of cow milk, and choose water over soda. Foods that are good for your skin include salmon, dark leafy greens like kale, healthy fats like avocado and antioxidant-rich green tea. Give it some time before you see results! You are what you eat.
Tip: Eliminate dairy and fatty, greasy foods from your diet.
There are so many factors as to why we breakout, and sometimes you can put your detective hat on and figure it out yourself.
According to Women’s Health, the spot where pimples pop up says a lot about what’s behind them.
Acne on your hairline: Your workouts are usually causing them
Tip: Wash and cleanse your face (just shower) after a workout.
Acne on your T-Zone: Pollution or living in a hot climate.
Tip: Fill your house with plants!
Acne on your chin or jawline: Stress or eating too much sugar
Tip: Take a step back once in a while to analyze how you’re feeling. (Also skip the sugar in your coffee)
How do you deal with nasty breakouts? Let us know in the comments below!
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