5 Things that Make You Break Out

(And you probably didn’t even know it)

By: Maquita Donyel

hair21. Your Hair

-The hair products you use could be contributing to your break outs. Oils from your hair and fragrances from the products you use are things most skin types do not work well with. Try switching over to natural or fragrance free shampoos and products.

“‘You may not notice it because it takes weeks from the time a pore blocks to when you see a pimple,’ says David Bank, M.D., a derm in Mount Kisco, New York. An oily scalp makes matters worse. Oil glands feed acne-causing bacteria, which then end up on, say, your forehead.”-Source

Head_Case_Pillowcase2. Your Pillow Case

Have you changed your bedding lately? ย In order to protect our skin from break outs, we recommend you clean your bedding at least once a week and your pillow case two to three times per week.

“Pillowcases Can Transmit Dirt and Oil to Your Skin: Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of Acne Mechanica. Acne Mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face (itโ€™s often more common on your back and body as a result of clothing)”-Source



3. Your Shower

What the what?!
Yes, it’s true! Multiple sources link acne and breakouts to the water coming outย of your shower head. This is due to the amount of minerals ย tap water contains. Your skin cannot handle such large amounts calcium and magnesium and will cause it to not only break out but also cause more wrinkles. It is recommended you use water softener or switch over to a soft water shower head, but these options do not work for everyone. So, it is also recommended that you keep your soap, face wash, etc. as gentle as possible with organic ingredients. Research is being done to see if this links to eczema as well. Purchase this shower head HERE for $24.99.

“Unlike soft water, hard water has a high mineral content. These minerals directly irritate the skin and interfere with every skincare product type.”- sourceย “The minerals, such as calcium, that are found in higher concentration may cause loss of moisture in the skin, which can lead to irritating conditions, such as eczema,”- source

stress-copy4. Stress

This is one that most of us know about and yet still have a hard time avoiding. It is recommended that you keep a healthy routine, SLEEP, meditate, participate in activities that release stress (like exercise and do the next 30 day challenge with us!) and keep a balanced diet. Most of us cannot do all of them, but pick a few and be sure to make YOU important enough to stick to them.

“Research supports the adverse impact of stress on the immune system. The skin, being one of the bodyโ€™s largest organs, is intricately connected to the rest of physiology including the mind. Just as the body is affected by stress, so is the skin. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to areas vital for fighting the stress, and withdraws from other areas including the skin. The skin subsequently becomes starved of blood and oxygen, making it dehydrated, dull, lifeless and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.” – Source

stock-footage-measuring-laundry-detergent-shallow-depth-of-field5. You’re Allergic to Your Detergent

Thanks to the sensitive skin I inherited from both my mom and my father, this is the first thing I check when my skin goes out of whack. Feeling itchy, uncomfortable and getting random breakouts on your body? Ditch the cheap detergent and find one with less ingredients, fragrance free ingredients, and natural ingredients on their label.

“Especially for people with sensitive skin, laundry detergent and dryer sheets can irritate the skin. Some people even develop contact dermatitis and mistake it for acne. Swap your usual soap for fragrance-free detergent, skip the dryer sheets, and this could clear things up.”-Source

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Stay Clean. Stay Clear. Stay Under…nahh

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