11 Things You Didn't Realise Were Making You Break Out
Fringes, forgetting to moisturise and more sneaky causes of acne.
Hormones aren't the only ones you have to thank for making you break out and if you're suffering with your spots, there are actually probably a few other things you can stop yourself doing to help keep them at bay.
Obviously it goes without saying that a good cleansing, toning and moisturising regime will help keep your skin in tip-top shape, but being aware that these factors can also affect your complexion is totally also worth knowing about.
Changing your makeup products all the time
The ingredients in makeup products and especially heavy foundations and concealers naturally vary from brand to brand, and if you're always switching and trying new releases, it could be messing up the pH of your skin. This is the neutral level your skin will have when it's at its calmest.
By finding a couple of products or at least a single brand that suits your skin and sticking with it, you give your skin the best chance to adjust.
Your own damn fingers
Seeing as most of us use our hands to do pretty much everything, it makes sense that they aren't the cleanest and unfortunately, if you're someone who touches their face a lot, it can be a big factor contributing to causing grease and grime to get into our pores.
Your phone screen
This is similar to the one above, but bearing in mind how much you touch your phone, it's no surprise to hear that usually this means your mobile will be pretty grubby. Pressing it up to your face or typing a message then touching your face can again transfer bacteria, so it's a good idea to keep some anti-bacterial wipes handy to give your phone a wipe down on a regular basis.
Not washing your hands before washing your face
Ditto above, people!
Popping your spots
Constantly touching a spot or popping it without washing your hands first is just asking for more spots in the area, isn't it?
Too much sugar and coffee
We know this is awful news, but too much caffeine can throw off the skin's pH and sugar makes the skin produce more oil than normal. We're not saying quit either for good, but if you are hormonal or having a breakout, dialling it back and having water or tea instead can help calm things down.
Forgetting to moisturise
Even if you have oily skin and are prone to spots, you need to moisturise. If you starve the skin of moisture or use harsh, oil-stripping products, it will often react by secreting extra sebum, which will just make skin even oilier. Pick a moisturiser suited for oily skin and you'll strike the right balance to minimise increasing the chance of acne.
Skipping your toner
Again, toning is an important step in your beauty regime as it rebalances the skin's pH. Without it, your skin might go into overdrive and produce excess sebum.
Got a blunt fringe that you use product on? Then it might be bad news as having that product-tamed hair resting on your skin can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Clipping up your fringe off your face when you're doing sweaty activities like exercise can help solve this one.
Sorry glasses fans, but if you do sport eyewear then you need to take a little extra time when cleansing. Focus on areas where your glasses touch the skin - mainly the bridge of the nose and the area at the side of the eyes leading to your ears - and exfoliate every week. This will stop glasses trapping dead skin and grime, which can in turn clog pores.
Dirty makeup brushes
Washing your makeup brushes regularly is really important. Not only will it keep them in better condition for longer, but dirty brushes just keep transferring pore clogging bacteria back onto your nice clean face. Boo.