7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know That Cause You Acne

Are you tired of getting acne?

For some people, it’s followed them around since they were teens. Many adults still get acne well into their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Some don’t even experience it until they’re adults.

If you’re trying to take better care of your skin, there are plenty of things you need to watch out for. Maybe you can save yourself the embarrassment and step out looking your best.

Am I washing my face too frequently? Do I need to cut back on dairy? Wait, is my phone giving me pimples? How in the world does that work? Can the sun cause skin problems? ( We will discuss all that and more, keep reading till the end. )

Now, let’s discover the 7 Things you didn’t know cause you acne:

7. Milk

Given the long quarantine you’ve been going through, you’ve probably been filling up on the dairy. Be honest with yourself.

While not all dairy products have been proven to cause acne, milk is one of the main contributors. Studies have shown that women who drank 2 or more glasses of milk per day were 44% more likely to have acne than others.

Milk contains growth hormones. When you drink it, these hormones trigger acne by altering the hormones found in your skin. While 2 glasses seem to increase a normal person’s chances of acne, those with sensitive skin need to be more cautious. Just having one glass might be enough for you to begin seeing the effects of breakouts.

So try cutting down on the milk. It may be the reason those ugly pimples have popped back up. Interestingly enough, foods like yogurt and cheese have not been shown to increase acne breakouts.

6. Phone

Kicking things off, your smartphone performs many different functions. But there’s one little known function you didn’t know it had… Bringer of zits. Yes, your phone is one of the things contributing to your acne. The reasons are actually quite obvious.

Your smartphone is constantly touching your face. Think about all of those phone conversations you’ve had during the quarantine. When your phone touches you, it takes a ton of your germs, dirt, and bacteria with it. Oh, did you not realize just how dirty your phone is?

A study from 2012 showed that at any given time, your phone carries more germs than a toilet seat. That’s right; you can put your toilet next to your ear and be cleaner. Experts have stated that for high school students, phones can carry up to 17,000 bacterial genes. Even after you wash your face, you are coming in contact with those germs every time you put your phone to your ear.

As a way to stay safe, wipe your phone screen as much as you possibly can.

5. Pillows

Is your skin safe from anything at this point? Your pillowcase is the cause of a few different skin issues. None more noticeable than acne. We’ve all experienced it. There are few more refreshing feelings than that of a new pillow. The problem is that much like your phone, your pillow collects all kinds of dust, germs, and bacteria. It will even accumulate fungus.

If you don’t wash your pillowcase regularly, this will stay there and grow. When you rest your head against a gross pillow, your skin will become infected as the particles from the fabric are transferred onto your face. This will cause blockage and result in acne breakouts.

While we usually take it upon ourselves to wash our pillowcase ever so often, it’s actually suggested that you wash it every few days. For most people, this translates into once every week. Experts also point out that you should be changing your pillow every 2 years at most.

4. Washing Too Frequently

Most people see cleaning their faces as the remedy to germs and bacteria. Believe it or not, washing your face too much has the opposite effect than what’s intended.

Have you ever heard of sebum?

Don’t let the funny name fool you. Sebum is pretty crucial to your skin. It’s an oily, waxy substance produced by your body to coat and protect your skin. When you wash your face frequently, you may be depriving your skin of this sebum. I can’t say this word without giggling. I feel like a first-grader. I might just put that toilet seat next to my ear. This lack of sebum triggers your body to make more than usual. As a result, the excess of oily chemicals can clog your pores and trap dirt inside.

Your skin certainly doesn’t appreciate this. In turn, breakouts will occur. Before you know it, your clean skin will turn pimple ridden. Try and refrain from washing your face all the time. I mean, is it essential for you to break out the soap and water every hour?

Experts recommend that you wash your fash up to twice a day.

3. The sun

Who would have thought?

Yup, the sun can bring on acne. Here’s how it works… It happens when the sun comes in contact with certain skincare and sun protection chemicals you rub on your body. This type of breakout is known as acne aestivalis. It’s mostly common in females among 25 to 40 years of age. If you have a history of acne, you are more vulnerable to this type.

So what do you do in this case? You can’t avoid sun protection products. Laying back and letting yourself burn just opens up a whole new bag of skin problems. What you need to do is choose skincare products that suit more acne-prone skin.

2. Vitamin

First, you say to stop drinking milk. Now you’re telling me to stop taking vitamins? I’m saying nothing of the sort. By all means, eat your vitamins. However, certain vitamins encourage acne more than others. Vitamin B12 in particular.

Studies have shown that people who take Vitamin B12 show signs of breakouts. The extra consumption of vitamins affects the way the genes in skin bacteria are processing the vitamin. It sounds a little complicated.

Scientists once gave Vitamin B12 supplements to 10 people with clear skin. Each one of them showed changes in their skin, and one broke out with acne. When you’re sensitive to certain vitamins, the bacteria in your skin can become overwhelmed. This leads to inflammation, which in turn helps acne breakouts form.

What makes things worse is that plenty of foods contain Vitamin B12. Many of them you’re already eating. This includes beef, chicken, fish, yogurt, cheese, and eggs. If you eat these foods and are constantly finding pimples on your face, do the math…

1. Stress

Oh, that’s for sure. Your mental health can be a determining factor in whether or not your physical health will thrive. But who knew it was a significant acne contributor?

Were you aware that close to half of Americans are currently experiencing stress? About 48% of the U.S. population has claimed their stress levels have increased in the past 5 years. Keep in mind that stress is not the direct cause of acne. It does, however, trigger breakouts. Your age, hormones, and bacteria can create a perfect storm of sorts for your skin.

There is also a stress-related hormone at work when this happens. It’s called Corticotrophin-releasing hormone. Let’s just go with CRH to give our brains a break. CRH binds with the glands that produce sebum.

Your skin’s oil production increases, resulting in gross, greasy pimples. And it only gets worse. When you’re stressed, your nerves are out of control. Your skin then becomes itchy. This includes your acne. When you scratch away at your skin uncontrollably, it will no doubt contribute to the swelling and redness you see in your zits.

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