First and foremost, we need to define acne. According to Mayo Clinic, acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells. It is a very common skin condition among teenagers and young adults. Even though acne is considered to be a skin condition there are other reasons why you may be experiencing breakouts. What causes acne you may ask? I have complied a list of 5 things that you may want to lookout for if you’re experiencing acne.
What causes acne?
- your smartphone
- lack of sleep
- using thick makeup foundation
- makeup brushes
Your Smartphone May be Causing Your Acne
Think about it, you are on your phone every day you go from touching one thing to another to touching the screen of your device. We do a lot throughout the day but we take breaks in between to check our text messages, social media accounts, emails, blogs, articles, etc. However, we don’t think to clean the screen of our devices. So much happens on our screens every day and then we either place a phone call or receive a phone call and now everything on the surface of our device is on either the right or left side of our face.
It is important to clean your phone’s screen because all the bacteria on your screen is going to end up on your face. YUCK! More importantly, you do not want to get random breakouts on your cheeks when you only experience breakouts on your T-zone area.
Therefore, to be on the safe side just clean your entire device. I usually clean my phone every night with alcohol because I have sensitive skin. Another thing I do to prevent my phone from being near my face is use my headset or place the call on speaker.
Your Coffee Intake May be a Contributing Factor
I was never a fan of drinking coffee until I got my first job after undergrad. However, I begin to notice small breakouts that were not part of my acne. I would only drink one cup of coffee every morning, however, my body was not used to it because I was 21 years old and beginning to drink coffee. As you may know, coffee contain a lot of caffeine, which dehydrates our bodies. Dehydrated skin causes inflammation and premature aging. Therefore, you need to drink water to flush this out of your system because if you don’t toxic can buildup on your skin and cause acne.
Additionally, you may substitute water or tea for coffee if you are looking for something to drink to replace your morning coffee. This is not to say that you need to stop automatically drinking coffee it’s just something that you may need to limit.
Sleep Deprivation Causes Acne
Have you ever noticed that when you sleep late, your skin actually produces more sebum, and this may be the result for your new acne. A lack of sleep can also lead to stress which can also cause acne. Getting plenty of sleep is important to keep you immune system properly functioning and assist in keeping your acne under control.
You may also want to put your phone down an hour or two prior to going to sleep. There is a study by Harvard researchers that indicate that it will take you longer to fall asleep, it will mess with and delay your circadian clock rhythm, you will feel more tired and less alert when you wake up. However, lack of sleep may not be the cause of your acne and there may be other factors to consider.
Your Makeup Foundation Could be Causing Breakouts
Depending on your skin types you may be using a thick foundation that is leading to breakouts. Makeup can often cause acne because of the ingredients used. Furthermore, some ingredients can cause acne-triggering or pore-clogging. Additionally, if you have oily skin and are acne-prone you may want to lay off on the thick foundations because it will only make your cause more shiny around the T-zone. This means that you will need to use blotting paper and get rid of the excess oil.
Thick foundations clog your pores, therefore, you may want to trade it for a lightweight foundation for daily use. When I had acne I would not dare use any makeup foundation on my skin. Instead, I used powder makeup which did not cause my skin to breakout anymore than it already had. I knew my skin type and what actually worked and did not work for it. I really love the look foundation gives but during my acne phase I knew it was best to stay away from it.
Your Makeup Brushes Could be to Blame for
Since we’re on the topic of makeup I will also include makeup brushes on the list. Seriously ladies, you have to clean your makeup brushes to prevent buildup of the products you’re using. I clean all of my brushes after each use with a cloth that I have specifically for the different types of brushes that I own. However, once a week I wash all of my brushes. Just think about all the bacteria that accumulates throughout the week on your makeup brushes.
However, most experts recommend that you wash your brushes at least once a week to keep bacteria at bay. If you regularly suffer from acne, you might consider washing or cleaning them after each use. Also, makeup brushes cost a pretty penny so you need to be careful how you take care of them.
There Could be Other Factors Causing Your Acne
I am in no way a dermatologist, however, these were some tips that my dermatologist gave to me when I begin to seek treatment for my skin. If you are experiencing acne and no matter what products you use it’s still there you may need to set up an appointment with a dermatologist to find out what it is you need.
If you have any questions or would like to offer any insight you have gotten over the years (from your personal experiences), please leave a comment below. I would love to hear all about it!