Acne; what a capital B. This is a skin condition that affects such a vast amount of people, up to 50 million annually according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The problem with acne, other than being utterly obnoxious and sometimes if not always devastating to ones confidence, lies with the flood of information that comes with it. Wading through such information may daunt you but have no fear, Natural Skin Science is here to save your days, your weeks, and even your years to come. Causes come in many forms and only one solution; Natural Skin Science. Mostly kidding but considering the fact that the only reason for existing, Natural Skin Science not only helps with the after affects of acne but also greatly reduces any future acne you may or may not experience. Let us get to these causes and other ways to stop acne from ever entering your house again. The leading causes can range from cleanliness and diet to hormones and improper care for your skin. Listed are the top ten causes, split into two lists of five and in no particular order, of acne and how to avoid this pesky skin condition. Now when you read these, they might seem super simple and like an “ah-hah” or “duh” moment, but don’t feel silly, just something you didn’t know you didn’t know. But now you do and definitely let me know how or if this list helps you!
Hair - One you might not have thought about. Your hair has oils that are naturally produced from your scalp and these oils are too large for your facial skin to absorb. This will conclude in a break out. No matter your ethnicity, the oils will not be good for your face. Washing your hair at least once a week is recommended but if you have short hair, that will most likely be two to three times a week. The longer your hair is, the harder it is for those oils to reach the tips. If you have long hair, it would be a good idea to tie it up before bed so that your hair stays out of your face. If you notice breakout along your hairline, we found your culprit. Our solution here is simple, wash your hair semi-frequently and tie it back. You will notice improvements.
Diet - No, chocolate does not make you break out. Dairy on the other hand might assist with the acne. If you suffer from lactose intolerance, stay away from dairy. Not only for your body to feel better but for your face to look better. There are still studies trying to figure out the direct link with dairy and acne but from what is speculated, yogurt and cheeses are safe. The probiotics contained in yogurt may actually help with inflammation and cheese has less lactose but it is still unclear if lactose is the culprit. Casein and whey have been linked to breakouts and are both available in milk but more is added to skim milk due to making it less watery. Casein and whey release a hormone similar to insulin, IGF-1, which is known to trigger breakouts. Greasy foods are safe unless you get ‘em on your face. The oil will clog your pores. So wipe off any grease that gets on your face and don’t touch your face with greasy fingers. A diet that is a low glycemic index with high fiber and fruits & vegetables has shown promise.
Makeup - This one seems simple but trust me, it is probably one of the largest causes. We all know why too. Failure to wash off your makeup from the day or from a night out. The first step is choosing the right makeup. Always choose non-comedogenic. If you have oily skin, stay away from anything that claims to be hydrating and anything liquid. Powders are usually the best option for you. If you have dry skin, keep those products that are mattifying far away from your face. Powders can be safe for your skin but only if they’re used after a liquid and to set. If you have combination, use the type of products better suited for the different areas of your face i.e. if you have an oily forehead, use powders there. Also, if you are an oily person, try not to overly mattify because you might have the opposite effect. It may take some trial and error to find the right makeup for you but always do a patch test on your neck right below your jaw bone. This will help with your color matching as well. Something else to consider are your makeup brushes. These bad girls need to be cleaned at least once every three days if you are wearing makeup daily. If you're only a weekend wearer, wash your brushes after the weekend is over because you don't want to have a chance for bacteria to grow. Basically after 2-3 uses. I promise you will see a difference and be thankful!
Dirty Bedding - The solution to this is simple, wash your sheets and pillowcases AT LEAST once a week. Why? Think about it. When you sleep, you sweat and not only from your body but your head too. Your head produces natural oils for your hair and those oils are to large to be absorbed into the skin on your face. The oils mixed with the sweat create a solution that definitely will not absorb but sit on your face instead whic