Pimples, rashes, random redness… there are a bunch of reasons your skin might not be playing nice. Read on for five of the most common causes for various kinds of breakouts. From bacne to blind pimples and everything in between.
Your skincare products don’t suit you
If you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness, simple is best when it comes to skincare. Common ingredients such as fragrances (natural and synthetic), colourants and parabens can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. As a rule, the shorter the ingredients list, the better a product is for reactive skin.
If your skin does have a sudden freak-out, take it back to basics. A dermatologist approved, hypoallergenic skincare range like Cetaphil will soon calm things down. And keep a mineral-rich thermal spring water in the bathroom (we like the one by Uriage, which soothes due to a high concentration of calcium and magnesium), to spritz on angry skin. It’s a great way to lightly hydrate and reduce and feeling of tightness, heat or discomfort. And super-refreshing, especially in summer.
If you’re an acne sufferer, stress can exacerbate the problem and trigger a breakout. (Which is probably no news to anyone who’s ever sat an exam or moved home!) Stress can also affect your waistline and sleep quality, so try to manage your levels by scheduling in relaxing activities like yoga or a good ol’ fashioned bubble bath.
You’re not removing your makeup every night
We don’t care how tired you are, that makeup has to come off! Not removing makeup every night is the fast track to dull skin and spots, including painful blind pimples. If you’re in a rush, nothing beats a micellar water, and we can’t go past those from Bioderma and Uriage. Bioderma’s much-loved Sensibio H20 is ultra-gentle on sensitive skin and makes short work of makeup and grime. We also love the Thermal Micellar Water from Uriage which is enriched with moisturising cranberry extract. Yum.
Speaking of makeup, don’t just cover up redness or pimples, choose products that treat while they conceal. Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream has been created for sensitive skin with redness, and actively regulates the causes of capillary dilation (ie redness) as it perfects and protects your complexion with SPF 30 sunscreen.
It could be your hair products
If you’re getting bacne or chacne (chest acne), the fragrances, mineral oils, silicones and other ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner could be to blame. Want a hot tip? When showering, wash your hair first and clip up, THEN wash your body. This will help remove all traces of potential pore cloggers and irritants. Try using Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile which is ultra-gentle and free from synthetic colourants and bleaching agents.
Using an oil-control, anti-acne wash on your chest is another good option if you’re having regular outbreaks. Some anti-bacterial body washes can be extremely drying, so try a product like Cetaphil’s DermaControl™ Oil Control Foam Wash. pH balanced, it’s formulated with zinc to reduce oiliness and quickly removes the oil, dirt and debris that can cause breakouts.
You’re eating too much sugar
Pimples, especially pustular ones, are one of the signs you have sugar face. Sorry to break it to you, but a diet high in refined sugar upsets the bacteria balance in your gut. This in turn can weaken the immune system, allowing pimple-causing bacteria free reign. At the same time, more testosterone is produced, so pores are larger and skin is oilier. Maybe it’s time to put down that can of Coke?