Acne can be one of the most frustrating bumps in the road when you’re trying to maintain flawless, beautiful skin. They seemingly pop up without warning, and while they do go away over time, they’re notoriously difficult to get rid of in the meantime. At Kristals skin care is paramount and we understand how frustrating it is to find that new pimple out of the blue in the mirror, and have it seem like you’ll never be rid of breakouts.
Of course, one of the best fights against acne is to do everything you can to avoid it in the first place. With that in mind, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics to determine the top causes of acne, so you can do your best to steer clear of them.
Kristals Skin Care Tips: The 5 Main Reasons You Break Out
#1 Medicine You Take
Certain medications like steroids and lithium, and even birth control pills, can cause acne breakouts. If you’re on medication and acne is becoming an issue, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor to determine if an alternative prescription is a possibility, or even getting off your meds altogether and replacing them with dietary supplements like adaptogenic herbs to manage stress.
#2 Food You Eat
Fatty, fried foods, gluten, foods loaded with refined carbohydrates and sugars and dairy products all seem to play a role in the development of acne. Factory farmed meats and milk contain high levels of hormones that will disrupt your natural levels and cause acne and other ailments, so consider cutting down on animal products for your hormones’ sake.
Making healthier, cleaner choices is not only a good idea for your body, but your skin, as well. The right dietary supplements can help you have supple, glowing skin too.
#3 Hormonal Issues
Testosterone undergoes a slight rise just before your period (a.k.a. during the infamous “premenstrual” or PMS phase) which can cause acne breakouts. While there’s not a lot that can be done, extra adherence to a good skincare routine before and during your period might play a role in minimizing the impact.
However, if your skin produces a lot of excess oil throughout the month and you have other issues indicative of a hormonal imbalance, such as hair loss and a drop in your libido, your testosterone may be too high, so consider getting your hormone levels checked by an endocrinologist. Hormonal imbalances can cause high levels of acne into adulthood — the good news is you can treat such an imbalance with professional help from a hormone specialist via bioidential hormones (as opposed to the synthetic hormones that come in birth control pills, which can themselves spur a hormonal imbalance and many other problems in the body). You can also find tips to rebalance your hormones yourself here.
Stress raises levels of cortisol in the body, which in turn increases the risk of acne breakouts. While it can be difficult in certain situations, keeping your stress under control is an important step in managing acne.
Consider daily meditation (if you struggle to sit still, try an app like Headspace), regular exercise that gets your blood pumping (ashtanga yoga or martial arts, anyone?), journaling, and taking adaptogenic herbs like rhodiola and ashwaganda to relax you and keep you level-headed through life’s ups and downs. Getting enough sleep will help you stay healthy in mind and body as well.
#5 Your Beauty Regimen
Makeup may help you look great, but over time it can lead to clogged pores and other problems. At Kristals skin care is best done with clean tools and purposeful beauty regimens, so we know that you can resolve these issues by adhering to a good skincare regimen day and night when removing your makeup. Also, clean makeup brushes regularly, and make sure to choose makeup that is labeled “non-comedogenic” (this means it won’t clog your pores).