What’s Causing Your Breakouts

It’s easy to pass off a few pimples as the result of a stressful week at work or staying up all night studying, but there are hundreds of things we come in contact with on a daily basis that could be the culprits behind your breakouts. Here are 4 reasons behind your sudden break out.

Your Cell Phone. Cell phones gather all kinds of dirt and bacteria throughout the day, and are a big cause of acne on the chin and around the mouth. Wiping down your Smartphone daily with alcohol or Clorox wipes will keep your phone—and your face—clean.

Your Medicine. One of the first places to check for complexion-busters is in your medicine cabinet. Steroids found in prescription drugs are a major problem, whether taken internally or not. Prednisone is used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory disorders like poison ivy, allergies, and arthritis, among others. If your med is topical, however, watch out for both cortisone (prescription) and hydrocortisone (over-the-counter). Other key ingredients to watch out for are lithium, lithium chloride, and certain forms of iodine.

Your Beauty Routine. Zit-causing ingredients could be lurking on your beauty shelf. Unlike most prescriptions, however, you do have control over what you put on your face and hair. Acne caused by topical creams, lotions, and makeup is known as Acne Cosmetica, and is most common on the face, neck, hairline, and scalp. If you regularly apply a product to an acne-prone area, it’s possible that it’s doing more harm than good. A good thing to remember is to clean out our medicine cabinet and make up bag regularly, and don’t forget to clean your make up brushes!

Touching Your Face. Above all, avoid touching your face at all costs—even after you wash your hands. “Touching can inflame the skin, and if you’re touching the same area, you might get an increase in oil production, so it’s three-pronged: it’s the bacteria, the inflammation, and the increased production in oil,” Fusco says. And don’t even think about trying to pop that pimple!

If you watch out for some of these key acne triggers it should help clean up your complexion in no time.

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