Why Is My Face Breaking Out All of a Sudden?
What’s causing your sudden breakout? We explain how to pinpoint the likely causes of your sudden breakouts as well as effective treatment methods.
To make matters worse, these seemingly random breakouts are difficult to treat because you don’t know what’s causing them in the first place. If you want to achieve clear skin for good, you need to find out the underlying cause of your mysterious acne breakouts.
Here are three key things to know about the potential cause of your acne:
- The cause of your acne doesn’t need to be isolated. It can be a combination of things such as increased stress, poor sleeping habits and eating too much junk food.
- Other sneaky causes of sudden breakouts include using new skin care products or a recent change in your environment.
- A men’s acne treatment system with Salicylic Acid is an effective way to treat your acne symptoms.
Have you ever noticed that your breakouts always seem to happen at the worst possible time? For instance, breaking out right before your big work presentation or on the day of your final exam?
If so, you’re likely experiencing a stress-related breakout. Although researchers aren’t exactly certain how stress aggravates acne, they do know that there is a strong correlation between psychological stress and acne severity.
In addition, stress can indirectly cause acne by disrupting your sleep cycle and making you crave junk food, both of which can potentially worsen your acne. Feeling stressed can also throw off your hormones and stimulate your body’s oil glands to produce excess oil, causing you to break out in pimples.
Although it’s probably easier said than done, taking steps to reduce your stress is key to achieving clear skin once more. Some things you can do to lower your stress levels include practicing mindful meditation and/or taking regular fitness classes.Take the skin care quiz
Change of Environment
A simple change in your environment can have a significant impact on your skin. This is true whether you’re flying halfway across the globe or simply moving to another office location.
For instance, moving to a new office location can come with a change of roles as well as scenery. Feelings of uncertainty in a new position can cause anxiety and stress, which can trigger acne breakouts.
Similarly, traveling to places with extreme temperatures or increased pollution can also wreak havoc on your skin and cause breakouts. A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that a majority of participants experienced acne flares in the summer, most likely due to the increased humidity that can clog pores and cause breakouts (see claim: “In our study, aggravation of acne was more in summer and rainy season.”)
If you’ve been indulging in sweet treats and junk food lately, you may have found the cause of your acne. Foods which rank high on the glycemic index (i.e., processed foods and empty carbs) have been shown to worsen acne symptoms.
According to a 2007 study published in the American Academy of Dermatology, subjects who ate a low-glycemic diet had significantly improved facial acne compared to those who were on a high-glycemic diet (see claim: “At 12 weeks, total lesion counts had decreased more in the experimental group…compared to the control group.”)
It’s tough to kick a sugar habit. But stick with your acne-free diet plan and you’ll likely be rewarded with clear, healthy skin.
Skin Care Products
The source of your acne breakouts could be sitting in your bathroom cabinet right now. If you recently switched to a new skin care product, it may be to blame for your newfound pimples.
Many skin care products are comedogenic, meaning they are known to clog pores. These products are usually marketed as hydrating moisturizers, toners and sunscreen.
Other products cause excessive dryness, which can also lead to breakouts. The key is to choose skin care products which are suitable for all skin types and that won’t upset the natural oils in your skin.Try our skin care product finder
Tips for Treating and Preventing Sudden Breakouts
- Wash Your Face Daily—Avoid crashing into bed without washing the day off your face! Use a men’s facial cleanser every morning and night, followed by a moisturizer.
- Exfoliate—Use a men’s facial scrub twice per week to slough off dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. This will prevent dead skin cells from clogging your pores and causing pimples to form.
- Use Salicylic Acid—To get rid of acne fast, use Salicylic Acid. This powerful acne-fighting ingredient helps exfoliate your skin naturally and removes pore-clogging debris from the skin. It’s also effective at calming inflammation and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
Eliminate Sudden Breakouts for Good
If you’re struggling to control your sudden acne breakouts, you need a powerful acne treatment system on your side. Check out our dermatologist-recommended Daily Moisturizing Acne Cream, which contains Salicylic Acid as the active ingredient.
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