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5 reasons your acne never goes away

5 reasons your acne never goes away

Why does your acne keep coming back? We may have the answer

Getting a big, red zit right before an important event is every woman’s worst nightmare, but what’s worse is when acne continues to return repeatedly.

Luckily, there are some very simple things you can do to clear up recurring breakouts. But first, you must find out what’s causing them. Here are a few of the most common culprits.

Irritation from makeup

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Many women are often disappointed to learn that their makeup can be the cause of their acne. There are certain makeup ingredients such as artificial colors and fragrances that can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts. Those with sensitive or acne-prone skin should consider switching to non-comedogenic makeup, like mineral foundation, which won’t clog pores.

Your skin is… dry

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While we tend to associate acne with oiliness, dehydration can result in an accumulation of dead skin cells on the top layer of skin, which, along with dirt and environmental debris, can block pores. Clogged pores, in turn, contribute to the development of pimples or exacerbate existing acne. Make sure you apply a moisturizer twice a day to keep your skin hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider using a humidifier to relieve dryness in drier climates.

Consuming too many dairy products

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Dairy has been one of the most commonly discussed culprits in the debate as to whether or not diet is related to acne. Recent studies show that milk and other dairy products contain growth hormones and inflammatory substances that can cause your skin to produce excess sebum. In turn, this overabundance of oil can lead to more clogged pores, and thus more of those dreaded acne. Look for other dairy alternatives like nut milks or oat milk to replace cow milk.

Hormonal imbalances — the real period pains

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Between cramps, bloating, and mood swings, the last thing a woman on her period wants is to look in the mirror and see spots. But unfortunately, hormonal changes and fluctuations that happen during a woman’s menstrual cycle often lead to acne flare ups. While there’s not much you can do to change the relationship between acne and hormones, you should still take extra care of your skin during your period to prevent acne from getting worse.

Touching your face

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Although acne isn’t primarily caused by dirt, touching your face doesn’t do your troublesome skin any favors. In fact, dirt and oil on your fingertips can plug up your pores and increase the likelihood of breakouts. Cut back on touching your face, especially when you know your hands are dirty or sweaty, like after a workout session at the gym or working at your computer.