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Sneaky Zit Factors (Acne)

Updated on February 27, 2013
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Hidden causes of acne

Got acne or even just the regular zits that keep popping up every now and then? Do you wonder how did it get there? According to dermatologist Jessica Krant, founder of the Art of Demartology practice in New York:“Acne is a complex medical condition caused by four factors; hormones, inflammation, bacteria and dead skin cells that clog pores.” She went on by saying that the “triggers include stress, poor sleep, and dietary choices.” For example, chocolate causes breakouts for some people, while for other’s its greasy foods. Why do most people still get the occasional breakout even though they are using medicines to treat their acnes? The shocker: They are doing so many things wrong. Here are five of the hidden causes of acne out there.


Holding your cell phone too close to your face is a big no – no. Your mobile is a breeding ground for bacteria, and constant gabbing with your beastie may leave behind annoying zits. Sanitize your phone with a mild anti-bacterial wipe or use a headset for long chats.


Sleeping with your hair all over your face transfers its natural oils to your skin, which may result in a breakout. Keep your face hair-free at night by pulling your locks away with a stretchy headband or a low, comfortable ponytail.


Sometimes, you’ll find that your breakout is concentrated on your forehead, along the hairline, or on your chin. These could be signs that your shampoo or toothpaste’s ingredients are too harsh on your skin. Switch to a milder shampoo and a fluoride-free toothpaste.


Water is usually use to clean the face, however when the water used is tap water, the water that is actually used is hard water. Hard water often leaves a mineral residue on the skin, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Certain minerals in hard water may cause skin irritations like acne. You can avoid this by using water filters, which may help in reducing the concentration of heavy metals in water.


Acne could be caused by topical creams, lotions and makeups. Products that contain mineral oil clog pores, so it is better to used non-comedogenic brands which are oil-free and do not remove the necessary moisture and nutrients from one’s skin, and don’t block pores. Also make it a habit to clean your makeup brushes once a week because they collect bacteria that causes acne.


Changes in environment – humidity, weather, and even minerals or fluoride in water – can trigger breakouts. Humidity can make acne worse because skin sometimes retains so much water pores become clogged and breakouts gets worse.

Taking medications to treat acne is not enough. One must study what they do, because they may not know that daily activities may be the cause of your breakouts. It’s easy to blame breakouts on stress or those chocolates you ate, but that parade of pimples might instead be due to some lesser-known causes of acne. Smalls steps lead to big achievements: thus eliminating acne.


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