Unless you’re blessed with flawless, pimple-free genetics, you might find yourself searching every now and then for something that will give you better skin days ahead. Acne is a skin condition caused by inflammation in the skin’s sebaceous glands, which leads to break outs or pimples. It’s very common during our teenage years, but it certainly doesn’t always disappear once we reach our twenties. Learning what causes acne is key to preventing them before another breakout.
#1 | Stress + Lack of Sleep
Stress can be inevitable, but not managing your stress can of course lead to lack of sleep, which (in addition to the emotional drainage) can worsen your skin and even accelerate your skin’s ageing process.
To help with your stress and ensure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout your day, and stop looking at screens at least an hour before going to bed. Using essential oils like Lavender Oil can do wonders for aiding sleep and calming stress + anxiety. Simply massage the oil onto your temples before bed.
#2 | Exfoliating Too Much
Exfoliating is undoubtedly an important part of maintaining healthy skin. It removes dead skin cells and allows for proper skin cell renewal. But don’t go over the top. Acne and pimples may be due to clogged pores and bad bacteria, but over-exfoliating can result in exasperated skin, leading to worsened acne. To make sure you’re not overdoing it, opt for a natural and gentle Exfoliator, and only exfoliate 2-3 times a week after using your cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate even less.
#3 | Your Diet
Sugar, alcohol, processed foods… we’ve all heard it before. Refined sugar contributes to more sebum production. Fast foods are packed full of sugar, dairy, and more processed ingredients that make your skin more at risk of developing acne. Alcohol also dehydrates your skin + prevents you from taking in necessary nutrients, so you may want to lessen your intake during happy hour.
Incorporate more natural and nutrient-rich whole foods in your diet. Plus, more antioxidant-rich foods can also help as they fight free radical damage within your body.
#4 | Bad Skincare Ingredients
Despite the rise in Clean Beauty, there are still common skincare ingredients that may actually do more damage than good. Chemicals such as parabens, for example, are still a common preservative used in soaps and creams. Choose products with organic ingredients and become more aware of natural brands that actively exclude harmful chemicals. Generally, a skincare product with natural + effective ingredients that you know, is likely more beneficial for your skin than a high-end product with a long list of chemical ingredients you don’t recognise.
#5 | Irregular Skincare Routine
Avoiding chemicals and switching to natural skincare will hardly do anything if you don’t maintain a regular routine. Ensure that you are taking your makeup off every day (+ double cleansing when necessary), and dedicate a small amount of time each day to cleanse and hydrate your skin. We love using our Cleanser at the end of the day, followed by our Exfoliator to smooth our skin and remove any excess dirt + dead skin cells. We recommend finishing the routine with an antioxidant-rich, hydrating Moisturiser.
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