15 Things That Secretly Cause Your Acne Breakouts (2 of 4)
Too Much Zit Cream
The first sign of any bump on the face, and most people put on a lot of spot treatments to deal with the issue. While treating those situations is fine, the problem comes when you overreact and start to over-treat the problem.
While zit cream has the chemicals you need to treat zits, the thing they don’t tell you is that these treatments dry out your skin, which sends a signal to your body to produce more oil. But since that area is so dry, your body tends to produce way more oil in that area, leading to zits.
You’ve also got to consider the fact that these chemicals can impact your skin long-term. With all those active ingredients, it’s likely to have the top layer of skin burnt off and start to redden more. This won’t happen if you do this once in a while, but constantly using creams like that will lead to that being more obvious.
The recommended amount of times to use spot treatments is about two to three times a week or every other night. If you get a reaction to it, look for another cream.
Using The Face Scrub Too Much
On top of not washing your face regularly, not exfoliating is another potential reason for acne developing. That said, some people take way too drastic measures with exfoliating and do it way too much.
The idea of exfoliating is to repair your skin’s protective barrier and to keep bacteria out. If you’re scrubbing too much – whether it’s with a washcloth, rough acne face washes, face scrubs, loofahs or cleansing brushes – it doesn’t matter. The fact you’re doing it too much could be a reason.
Ideally, you want to wash and then exfoliate your face with a mild formula that doesn’t require you to scrub.
The Ingredients In The Products
As we’ve mentioned above, our body reacts differently to chemicals and there are several kinds of products out there with all kinds of various chemicals in them. We’ve also mentioned some of the ideal ingredients you need in order to generally handle acne problems. All that said, companies toss in all kinds of additional chemicals in there.
It’s these things that could be the cause of your suffering. For example, products that contain mineral oils are used as a cheap filler in face moisturizers that could lead to clogged up pores. It’s not surprising, since it’s the leftover gunk from petroleum extraction.
But one other chemical that you might not expect is coconut oil. Even though there are health properties to it, it can clog up pores and lead to blackheads and whiteheads too. Additionally, fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate are in several products that cause issues too.
In order to overcome this, you need to do more than read your labels, since you’re not sure what to be looking for. As a general rule, look for skincare products that are fragrance-free and sulfate-free. You can also consider looking for products marked as non-comedogenic. If things are getting worse, it could be that you’re allergic to another ingredient and should get an appointment with a dermatologist.
All the things we’ve mentioned in the previous point can apply to hair products too. This stuff is everywhere and causes the exact same issues. Shampoos, conditioners, and hairstyling formulas all can clog up the pores and lead to breakouts. That or the ingredients in them can result in breakouts.
What’s worse with these ingredients is that these can seep into other parts of your body, leading to chest and back acne. It can also lead to pimples along your hairline or scalp too.
Like we’ve said above, one way to solve this is to look for shampoo with different ingredients. Aim for sulfate-free shampoo and hair products. Furthermore, once you get to the conditioning step, clip your hair up and off your back while you’re letting the formula sit as that’ll stop the chemicals from seeping onto your back. When rinsing, tilt your head to the side to keep all the residue off your face, chest, and back.