What’s Causing Your Acne?

Acne Acne is incredibly common, even in adults. So if you thought that growing out of your teenage years would also mean that you’d no longer have acne, think again. Regardless of your age, you deserve beautiful skin!

To choose the best course of action to reduce your acne, consider the cause. Perhaps your diet, daily medications, and activities affect your skin more than you think. Some factors may be in your control, so it’ll be up to you to decide if altering your lifestyle is worth reducing your acne.

Consider the following list of common causes:

Eating too much dairy – Greasy foods and chocolate aren’t the culprits like you may have thought. Dairy and other food products with a high glycemic index have been shown to cause acne. (But avoiding greasy foods couldn’t hurt your health either!)

Using irritating cosmetics – Most products on the market were developed to not cause acne. However, your skin is different than anyone else’s skin. When you’re buying makeup, lotions, or shampoos, read the labels for ingredients that have a history of irritating your skin.

Washing your face too often – You may think that cleaning your skin more will help you avoid acne. But too much exposure to water dries out your skin, making it more susceptible to developing acne.

Taking certain mediations – You’ll likely not be able to change the medication you take entirely, but your doctor may have other options for you to try. If you’re taking corticosteroids, lithium, or a barbiturate, consider other options if possible.

Maintaining constant contact with your skin – If you play a sport that involves chin straps, helmets, or fitted clothing, your skin can become irritated especially when you sweat. Exercise is great! But be sure to take care of your skin when you’re done.

Experiencing constant stress – Stress can either cause or exacerbate acne. In an effort to both reduce acne and live a happier life, start trying exercises that will minimize stress.

As a side note… if your face does break out, avoid touching the area. It’ll make the breakout worse!

Acne may still develop even if all of these common causes are eliminated. But we’re confident that addressing these causes will help in some way. Let us know if you have any other questions about severe acne.

8 Tips for Home Skincare

Skin CareHealthy skin can feel like a blessing. Our environment affects our skin on a daily basis, sometimes leaving it dry or irritated. As much as it seems as though we have no control over how our skin looks and feels, you can have the skin you want!

Seeing a dermatologist can be incredibly helpful in developing a skincare plan, as skin varies from person to person. But taking care of your skin at home is the first step.

Here are a range of tips, from lifestyle to products, to keep your skin healthy:

  • Avoid harsh cleansers – Your skin needs a soft touch to stay smooth. Use facial and body scrubs sparingly. And be sure that your soap is pH balanced to prevent reactions to acidic or basic solutions.
  • Toss the toner – In the past, toner was used to balance the pH levels of your skin after using unbalanced cleansers. Now, many more products are already balanced, eliminating the need for toner. And who needs more products?!
  • Choose fragrance-free soaps and lotions – More than you may realized, your skin reacts to the fragrance in your skincare products. Especially if you have sensitive skin, skip the floral or fruity concoctions.
  • Be gentle with your skin – Too often we get into routines that may or may not be good for our skin, sometimes leaving out important skincare habits. Keep these ideas in mind:
    • Use warm instead of hot bathwater.
    • Limit bath time to avoid drying out your skin.
    • There’s no need to shave your legs daily.
    • Lubricate before and moisturize after shaving.
  • Use sun protection – Sun exposure expedites the aging process of the skin. It can also cause skin cancer. Be sure to avoid being in the sun midday, reapply sunscreen every two hours when exposed, and wear clothing that covers your skin.
  • Eat healthy – Fresh and healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein are great for maintaining skin that appears younger.
  • Quit smoking – While smoking causes a slew of additional health issues, the habit rapidly ages the skin. Smoking narrows the blood vessels at the surface of the skin, creating wrinkles and depleting the nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy.
  • Keep stress to a minimum – Stress affects your skin health more than you might think. High stress levels cause breakouts and leave your skin susceptible to other skin conditions.