Pimples can be annoying, but before you blame it solely on hormones, here are some things that could be the cause of your acne.
This is kind of a no-brainer, but stress from school, family or relationships can cause hormonal fluctuations. This means a higher amount of sebum your skin secretes, contributing to the bacterial infection that can lead to pimples.
#2 Touching your face
We all have our quirks. Some of us like twirling our hair, while other pick at nails or cuticles. One of the worst habits for your skin would be to touch it frequently. There are millions of bacterial on your hands and if you keep touching your face, there’s bound to be more pimples. Resting your head on your palms counts as touching your face too.
#3 Your phone
We hate to say this but there might be a reason why you’re getting blemishes on your cheeks and jawlines. Most of us are addicted to our phones (we’re not surprised if you’re actually viewing this on your mobile right now), and while you’re swiping and tapping, bacteria and sebum is left on your phone screen. We don’t need to tell you what happens to these things when you answer your phone.
#4 Sleep deprivation
Lack of sleep or irregular sleeping hours leads to an increase in the body’s production of cortisol, responsible for an increase in the production of sebum. When your skin is oily, there’s a likelihood that your pores would get clogged and inflamed.
#5 Your diet
Studies have shown that dairy products and carbohydrate-rich food such as bread and chips may trigger acne. Experts suspect that chocolate may be the reason why one’s acne problem worsens. Till date, experts are still unsure why this happens or whether patients with acne problem have to be on a strict diet. Just try to cut down on those unhealthy snacks, better to be safe than sorry.
Water is essential for flushing out toxins and promoting good circulation. When you don’t drink enough water, skin lacks moisture and often compensates by producing more sebum in a bid to keep it hydrated. The same can be said for those who claim that they have oily skin – it could be just lacking in moisture, so remember to hydrate it with a water-based moisturiser.
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