Deep pore dive: Surprising causes for acne & blemishes

It isn’t always the most obvious reasons that lead to a breakout. And thankfully, there is NO evidence that acne is caused by chocolate!

Here are our Top 5 surprising reasons you are having problems with acne and blemishes:


(1) Your skin care products block your pores

Skin care creams often contain pore-clogging ingredients like Acetylated Lanolin, Algae Extract, Benzaldehyde, Shea Butter and Lauric Acid. Avoid these ingredients and your skin won’t be so clogged up. Discover some non-clogging skin care products.


(2) Your hair products are making things worse

Believe it or not, your hair products can affect your skin as well. Shampoos, conditioners and creams all often contain ingredients like sulfates, heavy moisturizing agents, and silicones. They seep into pores and lead to back, chest, neck and hairline acne.


(3) You are over-using acne treatments

Seems impossible but it’s true. Over-using acne treatments leads to your skin drying out. Your skin’s defense system reacts to this and starts to produce extra natural oils. And before you know it, you have another breakout. Acne treatments can yield fabulous results when NOT over-used.


(4) You are stressed out!

It’s a seriously vicious cycle. You get acne, you are stressed, and stress leads to acne. When you don’t release your stress, your body produces cortisol, this can stimulate your oil glands to make testosterone which increases oil production. De-stress with a facial or massage to help reduce breakouts.


(5) Too much sun

Sun bathing can not only lead to skin cancer, it also leads to MORE acne. The sun isn't healing your acne. As your face gets red from the sun, it makes breakouts blend in, creating the appearance of clearer skin. But what's really going on is the sun is drying out your skin and triggering more oil production, which can lead to more spots.