Understanding the most common factors that may be causing your breakouts is the first and most critical step to targeting your acne at its source, and thus combating it for good. Based on my 30+ years of experience, here are the top 10 most common causes of acne breakouts:
Acne Factor #1: Touching Your Face
This may come as a surprise, but subconsciously touching your face all day makes it quickly become the dirtiest part of your body. This is something most of us do without even being aware of it, and is the common cause of breakout around your chin and jawline. Make a conscious effort to not touch your face during the day. Also, be sure to clean your cell phone often or use an ear piece (recommended), as holding your cell phone to your face can also be causing bacteria to spread and giving you breakouts on your cheeks.
Acne Factor #2: Dairy and Sugar Consumption
If you are devolping breakouts on your chin, jaw line and neck area, it might be a sign that you’re getting more dairy or sugar in your diet than your body can tolerate. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body is not in agreement with, so when you get too much dairy or sugar, it is by nature harder to digest and can come out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face. READ: It’s Proven: Sugar and Dairy Cause Acne
SKIN MYTH 1: You can clear a blemish by putting toothpaste on it.
- Yes, toothpaste can dry out a blemish but leaving your skin as dry as the Sahara is not conducive to healthy, clear skin. Dry skin does not equal clear skin; your skin can be dry and flaky and breaking out all at the same time. It may seem that applying toothpaste to a blemish works because of it’s immediate drying effect but it does not treat the root issue. It has also been known to cause redness, irritation, sensitivity that can last several months. In some cases it may even cause scarring and contact dermatitis. In addition, it weakens the skin’s cells making it vulnerable and harder to fight off free-radicals which can lead to further breakouts. So, while it may dry out the blemish, you risk damaging your skin as a result. It is just not worth it when there are excellent preventative and treatment oriented products that are much more effective without the risk – like our ultra potent Kiss Zit Goodbye Mask.
SKIN MTYH 2: Tanning or sun exposure can help clear up acne.
- In some cases acne might appear to improve after tanning or sun exposure by drying out the skin, but in actuality your skin can begin to produce an excess amount of oil which can lead to more breakouts. More importantly, some acne treatments increase sun sensitivity. And don’t be fooled into thinking that you are safe by tanning in beds that do not contain UVB rays which are said to be “safer”. You are still exposed to the UVA rays, the aging rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin and lead to premature aging and skin cancer.
So, you have a blemish – it’s big, it’s ugly, it’s the only thing you can see on your face – what do you do? You take your treatment product and apply it to the zit….right? WRONG. Below is an excerpt from my eBook Under My Skin that clears up this very common blemish misconception.
None of us are perfect, especially when it comes to taking care of our skin. But some mistakes are worse than others; below are the top six skin care mistakes to avoid.
1. Not wearing a daily moisturizing sunscreen.
This is by far the most common skin mistake I see my clients make. There is no excuse; you need to wear sunscreen every day. The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. And you don’t just need sunscreen on beach days, you also are getting UV damage when you’re driving in your car, working in an office near windows, and walking down the street (78% of sun damage is from incidental exposure). Wear a sunscreen with moisturizer 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out. And the earlier you start, the better! Our Day 25 is great because no only does it provide sun protection, but hydrates your skin, infuses it with anti-oxidants, and contains natural papaya enzymes that fight free radical damage (and gives it its trademark papaya smell!)
2. Going to bed without washing your face.
We’ve all done it, you’ve come back from a long night out and you’re tired and just don’t have the energy to wash your face. So the day’s makeup and accumulated dirt seeps into your skin all night long. Anyone who’s done this knows, when you wash your face in the morning, it just doesn’t look as good after a night of sleeping in makeup. So, just don’t do it – take the extra two minutes and use a gentle and PH balanced facial cleanser both morning and night, every night. Vasseur’s Foaming Cleanser (normal/oily skin) and Creamy Cleanser (dry/sensitive skin) are PH-balanced and penetrate deeply to remove dirt, grime and makeup.