Stress, food sensitivities, your period and other hormonal factors aren’t the only reasons you might be breaking out. And while it may seem that your acne just showed up randomly one day and started causing trouble, there may actually be a link between your everyday habits and sudden or persistent pimples. We spoke with dermatologist Dr. Alan Parks, founder of DermWarehouse, to get his expert insight into some of the surprising, but common, adult acne causes.
Using the Wrong Product for Your Skin Type
“If you start breaking out after using a new product, it may not be the right one for your skin type. Check with your dermatologist about finding an alternative and make sure you ask him or her how to identify what your skin type is. Just because something works well for your best friend, doesn’t mean it will work well for you if her skin type is different than yours.”
Not Washing Your Face After Working Out
“If you’re letting sweat sit on your face after you work out, it’s likely that this will lead to breakouts. Make sure to clean your face ASAP after you exercise, even if you can’t shower right away. Throw the PCA Skin Blemish Control Bar in your workout bag. This product is uniquely packaged in a jar to prevent cross-contamination and is super easy to take to the gym.”
Wearing Your Hair in Your Face
“When your hair is constantly falling in your face, the grease and sweat that accumulates in your hair is making its way to your face as well, which can very easily cause acne. If you’re sweating a lot or even if you haven’t washed your hair in a few days, it’s best to pull it back to keep that grease and sweat away from your face.”