By: Annie Morgan
Are you waking up with a face full of blemishes and not sure why?
It’s true, even if you have a good facial routine and are careful to remove makeup and dirt off your skin each night, your lifestyle might be the culprit of your breakouts.
So if you aren’t sure what could be causing your breakouts, check out these hidden culprits.
Being under stress affects nearly every part of the body – and your skin is no exception.
When you’re stressed your hormones are out of whack which can lead to blocked pores.
And when your body is stressed, the endocrine system secretes various hormones such as cortisol and androgens, which can lead to a host of skin problems.
Very Well Mind reported:
“These hormones escalate the production of sebum, a protective, oily substance naturally produced by glands near skin hair follicles inside of the pilosebaceous unit as part of the skin’s immune system. High population levels of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium living in human skin that feeds of sebum, puts stress on the pilosebaceous duct and catalyzes an immune system response.
White blood cells attracted to this bacterium secrete an enzyme that may damage the wall of the hair follicle, releasing its contents into the hair shaft, leading to an inflammatory reaction.
Each of these factors individually and together contribute to the ecosystem that gives rise to and perpetuates acne.”
For the sake of your skin (and your overall health) make sure to practice self-care and relaxation techniques to keep your stress at bay.
If you are the type of person that vigorously scrubs your skin to remove dirt and makeup, the irritation could cause your skin to dry out and/or become inflamed.
In addition, what you use on your skin matters!
Most people simply go to the store and buy the latest and greatest skincare product.
Instead, consider switching out the toxic and chemical-laced products for a more natural product.
I personally use a coconut oil/castile soap to cleanse my face, then an apple cider/water mix to balance the PH and remove lingering dirt, and finally moisture my skin with jojoba oil.
But each person is different and the makeup of our skin varies from dry to oily.
Pay attention to how your skin feels after you wash it.
If it feels sore, achy, and red – it could mean you are using too harsh of chemicals.
Likewise, if your skin feels overly oily, it is most likely a sign you are not using the right products.
Watch Your Hair
Ladies, if you have luscious long hair that frames your face – it could be leading to breakouts!
Think about it – if you put a lot of product and oil in your hair – then your hair falls and touches your face – those same products and oil are now on your face.
Web MD reported:
“Avoid using fragrances, oils, pomades, or gels on your hair. If they get on your face, they can block your skin’s pores and irritate your skin. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Oily hair can add to the oil on your face, so wash your hair often, especially if you’re breaking out. Got long hair? Keep it pulled away from your face.”
And no… this doesn’t mean chop your hair short and give up your luscious locks.
But it does mean to be mindful of your hair and how it affects your skin.
This is especially true when you are at the gym! Working out is not the time to worry about being fashionable – throw your hair back in a ponytail and keep it off your face.
Hopefully, you change and wash your pillow sheets once a week, but if not your pillow might be the silent reason your skin is breaking out!
This is especially true if you wear makeup to bed.
As the makeup and dirt from your face transfer to your pillow, your face is smushed into it as you sleep throughout the night.
This breeding ground welcomes bacteria and can cause breakouts on your skin.
So ladies, if your face-washing game is on point and you’re still not sure why your skin is breaking out – check out your lifestyle.
You just might find out some of the unintentional actions are causing your skin to break out.
Do you struggle with unknown breakouts on your skin?
Were you surprised to learn how your lifestyle can cause breakouts?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know how lifestyle choices can cause breakouts!