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36 Things You Didn't Know Cause Acne

by Frankie Cruz on Jun 07, 2022

36 Things You Didn't Know Cause Acne

There are a lot of things that can give you acne. Some of them are things that you might not even think about.

Use this list to help you pinpoint the cause of your acne and kick it to the curb!

Now let's kick off this list of 36 things that you didn't know gave you acne with...

1. Vaping

Vaping has been linked to causing acne. The chemicals in the vape can clog pores and cause breakouts.

Vaping can also dehydrate the skin, which can lead to dryness and flakiness. If you are prone to acne, you may want to avoid vaping.

 

2. Alcohol

Alcohol is a major contributor to acne.

It dehydrates the skin, which causes the skin to produce more oil. Alcohol also strips the skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness, irritation, and inflammation.

Acne is a common side effect of alcohol use, and it can be difficult to control. If you drink alcohol, it is important to stay hydrated and to avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

 

3. Tanning

Tanning causes acne by releasing close to seven times the normal amount of melanin in your body. Melanin is the protein that gives skin its color.

When too much of it is produced, it can lead to a number of skin problems, including acne.

In addition, tanning can also cause your skin to become dry and flaky, which can also lead to acne.

 

4. Botox

There is some evidence to suggest that Botox can also cause acne.

One theory is that the injection of Botox prevents the muscles from contracting, which can then cause the pores to become clogged and result in acne.

Another theory is that Botox may alter the levels of certain hormones in the body, which can also lead to the development of acne.

It is important to note that there is no definitive evidence that Botox causes acne and more research is needed in this area.

 

5. Pre-workout

It's no surprise that people turn to supplements to help give them that extra edge. But what many don't realize is that some of these supplements can actually cause acne.

Two of the main culprits are vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. These two vitamins are popular in supplements that helps increase energy levels and maintain blood sugar.

However, these supplement ingredients can also lead to acne breakouts.

More research needs to be done. However dermatologists like Dr. Kaplan and his team believe it tis because

So if you're struggling with acne, it might be worth reconsidering your pre-workout supplement regimen. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist to see if switching up your supplements

 

8. Chlorine

There are many things that cause acne, and chlorine is one of them.

When your skin comes into contact with chlorine, it can cause irritation and inflammation, which can lead to acne. Chlorine can also strip your skin of its natural oils, making it more prone to breakouts.

If you have acne-prone skin, it's best to avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs.

 

9. BCAA's

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are essential for human health. Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a type of amino acid that is especially important for athletes and bodybuilders because they are involved in muscle growth.

Some studies have shown that taking BCAA supplements can cause acne. The exact mechanism is not known, but it is thought that BCAAs increase testosterone levels, which can stimulate the growth of sebum-producing glands in the skin and lead to acne.

If you are concerned about this possibility, you may want to avoid taking supplements that contain these amino acids.

However, more research is needed to confirm this link and more studies are needed to determine if branch chain amino acids are indeed a cause of acne.

 

10. Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a medication that is used to treat high blood pressure. It can also be used to promote hair growth.

Minoxidil causes acne by increasing the production of sebum, which is a waxy substance that lubricates and protects the hair. When there is too much sebum, it can block the pores and cause acne.

Some people seem to be more prone to developing acne when using minoxidil, while others do not experience any problems at all.

If you are concerned about developing acne while using minoxidil, speak to your doctor or dermatologist about the best course of action for you.

 

11. Almond milk

There are many things that can cause acne, and almost milk is one of them.

Almost milk contains a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids that can trigger an immune response and lead to inflammation, which can then lead to acne.

Some people may find that their skin breaks out after drinking almond milk, while others may not notice any difference.

If you are concerned about whether almond milk may be causing your acne, you may want to try avoiding it for a few weeks to see if your skin clears up.

 

12. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning causes acne because it removes the top layer of skin, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. It can also cause irritation, redness, and swelling.

It is always best to consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician before trying any new skincare treatment, including dermaplaning.

 

13. Spray tans

While many people enjoy the benefits of a spray tan, it's important to be aware that they can also cause acne.

This is because the chemicals in the tanning solution can block pores and cause breakouts. If you're prone to acne, you may want to consider another method of self-tanning, such as a lotion or cream.

 

14. Maca root

Maca has long been touted as a natural way to improve energy, libido, and fertility. Recently, it has also been gaining popularity as a skincare ingredient.

Unfortunately, maca root may not be as gentle as we thought.

A small study recently found that maca root may be a potential cause of acne. The study found that 70% of the participants who used a maca root supplement experienced an increase in acne.

While the study was small and further research is needed, it's possible that maca root could be making your skin break out. If you're struggling with acne, you may want to avoid using products that contain maca root extract.

 

15. Soy

Soy products are often touted as being healthy, but there is some evidence that soy can cause acne.

One study found that people who ate soy had a greater increase in acne than those who didn't eat soy. The study's lead author suggested that the isoflavones in soy may be to blame.

Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which can increase the hormone andogen in the body. Androgen can increase sebum production, which can lead to acne.

 

16. Fast food

Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fast food are more likely to develop acne than those who eat a healthy diet.

There are many reasons why fast food may cause acne.

The high levels of fat and sugar in fast food can cause your skin to produce more oil, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.

In addition, the artificial ingredients in fast food can also cause your skin to become inflamed and irritated.

If you're looking to clear up your skin, you should avoid eating fast food as much as possible.

 

17. Bronzer

Wearing bronzer may cause acne breakouts in some people.

The oil-based makeup can block pores and trap bacteria, which may lead to pimples.

If you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, you may want to avoid bronzer or use it sparingly.

If you do wear bronzer, be sure to remove it completely before going to bed to help prevent clogged pores.

 

18. Talcum powder

Talcum powder is often used to absorb moisture and prevent chafing.

However, it can also clog pores and lead to acne.

When talcum powder is applied to the skin, it can work its way into the pores. This can cause the pores to become clogged, which can then lead to acne. Talcum powder can also cause inflammation, which can aggravate acne.

If you're struggling with acne, it might be worth cutting back on your use of talcum powder to see if it makes a difference.

In the meantime, be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly and use oil-free products to keep your pores clear.

 

19. Humidity

If you've ever wondered why you sometimes get acne around your hairline, jaw, or neck—and why it tends to be worse in the summer—humidity might be to blame.

If you live in a particularly humid climate, or if you sweat a lot (hello, workouts!), that extra moisture can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

While sweat by itself doesn't cause acne, it can worsen existing pimples or cause new ones to form.

That's because when your skin is covered in sweat (or when you wear tight-fitting hats or helmets that don't allow sweat to evaporate), the moisture creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

That bacteria can then clog pores and cause breakouts.

By taking steps to control the humidity in your environment, and letting your skin breathe to allow sweat to evaporate, you can help to prevent acne breakouts.

 

20. Aspartame

When you consume products with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, your body interprets them as sugar. This causes a spike in insulin levels, which in turn increases inflammation and the amount of oil produced by your sebaceous glands.

All of this can lead to acne breakouts.

All in all, it's up to you whether or not you want to take the risk of using artificial sweeteners.

If you decided to do so, be sure to monitor your skin closely for any changes.

And lastly, always consult with a dermatologist to get their professional opinion on whether or not artificial sweeteners are right for you.

 

22. Poor quality sleep

Lack of sleep can cause acne in several ways.

First, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more cortisol. This hormone has been linked to an increase in sebum production, which can clog pores and lead to acne.

Second, sleep deprivation can cause inflammation throughout the body, and this inflammation can lead to the formation of pimples.

Finally, not getting enough sleep can mess with your skin’s natural healing process, so any pimples you do have may take longer to clear up.

There's no question that sleep is important for our overall health and well-being. If your having trouble with breakouts try to focus on total self care and not just focusing on your skin.

 

23. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores. When pores are clogged with oil, bacteria can grow and cause acne.

Coconut oil also has a high amount of linoleic acid, which can irritate the skin and cause inflammation.

Inflammation can lead to redness, swelling, and pimples. If you have acne-prone skin, you should avoid using coconut oil on your face.

 

24. Coffee creamer

Coffee creamer is often made with oils and spices which can clog pores and cause acne.

Coffee creamer can also irritate the skin and make existing acne worse.

If you're looking for a coffee creamer that won't cause acne, opt for one that is sugar-free and dairy-free.

 

24. Electric shavers

If you have acne-prone skin, you might want to avoid using an electric shaver.

Though it may seem like a quick and easy way to remove hair, electric shavers can actually irritate your skin and make your acne worse.

The spinning blades of the shaver can cause tiny cuts in your skin, which can lead to inflammation and infection. Electric shavers can also strip away the top layer of your skin, making it more vulnerable to the bacteria that cause acne.

If you do use an electric shaver, be sure to clean it regularly and avoid shaving over any open pimples.

 

25. Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil is a plant-based oil that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can block the pores of the skin, which can lead to acne.

The oil can also increase inflammation in the skin, which can make acne worse.

If you are prone to acne, you should avoid using products that contain flaxseed oil.

 

26. Makeup brushes

While you may enjoy the glamorous look of a full face of makeup, your skin may not be a fan.

In fact, using makeup brushes can cause acne.

This is because the brushes transfer bacteria from your skin to your makeup and then back to your skin.

This can cause breakouts, especially if you have sensitive skin.

To avoid this, make sure to clean your brushes regularly with soap and water. You should also avoid sharing brushes with other people to prevent the spread of bacteria.

 

27. Probiotics

Probiotics can cause acne by increasing the growth of certain bacteria that are already present on the skin.

These bacteria produce substances that cause inflammation and can lead to the development of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Probiotics are also known to regulate the production of sebum, and they can also help to reduce inflammation.

Some people may be more sensitive to certain probiotic strains than others. If you are concerned that probiotics may be causing your acne, it is best to speak to a dermatologist or other skin care professional.

 

28. Soda

Studies have shown that soda can increase the production of sebum, which can lead to the development of acne.

Soda contains high levels of sugar and caffeine, which can trigger the release of hormones that can stimulate the sebaceous glands.

In addition, soda can also dehydrate the skin, which can make the condition worse.

It's best to avoid it altogether if you're trying to clear up your acne. If you can't give it up completely, at least limit your consumption and make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.

 

29. Watermelon

Watermelon may be a delicious summer fruit, but it can also cause acne.

The sugar in watermelon can cause an increase in insulin levels, which can lead to increased sebum production and inflammation.

Watermelon is also a high glycemic food, meaning it can cause your blood sugar levels to spike.

This can lead to inflammation and increased sebum production, both of which can trigger acne breakouts.

If you're struggling with acne, you may want to cut back on watermelon or avoid it altogether.

 

30. Hats

Wearing a hat can cause acne.

Its true hats protect your head from the UV rays of the sun. However hats traps sweat and oil on your forehead, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Additionally it can make oily hair brush against your skin which can also clog pores and cause acne.

If you wear a hat, make sure to wash your face regularly and take it off as soon as possible.

 

31. Seaweed

While the causes of acne are typically debated, one thing that is for sure is that seaweed does not help.

In fact, seaweed can actually cause acne for a few reasons.

First, seaweed contains iodine which can be a trigger for acne.

Second, seaweed is often found in areas that are contaminated with pollutants which can also lead to breakouts.

Finally, seaweed can be very drying to the skin which can strip away the natural oils that protect and moisturize the skin, leading to a cycle of dryness and irritation that can result in acne.

There you have it – the possible reasons seaweed may cause your acne.

It is definitely something worth looking into if you are struggling with acne.

 

32. Fabric softener

If you suffer from acne, you might want to think twice before using fabric softener.

Though it's not an irritant, like some other acne-causing products, fabric softener can actually clog pores and lead to breakouts.

The active ingredient in most fabric softeners is cationic detergent. When this comes into contact with skin, it can disrupt the natural pH balance, causing the skin to produce more oil and become more susceptible to bacteria.

If you already have acne-prone skin, using fabric softener is likely to make things worse. If you must use it, be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly after washing your clothes.

 

33. Sunflower Seeds

A common question people ask is whether or not sunflower seeds can cause acne.

While the jury is still technically out on this one, there are a few things we know for sure.

First, sunflower seeds contain a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids. These have been linked to inflammation, which can certainly exacerbate acne.

Additionally, sunflower seeds are often roasted in unhealthy oils, which can also clog pores and lead to breakouts.

So if you're struggling with acne, you might want to cut back on your sunflower seed consumption - or at least be sure to buy them raw and roasted in a healthy oil.

 

34. Fluoride

Fluoride is commonly added to municipal water supplies in an effort to promote dental health. However, studies have shown that fluoride can actually cause a number of health problems, including acne.

Fluoride causes acne by damaging the skin's ability to repair itself. This damage leads to inflammation and the formation of acne lesions.

Additionally, fluoride can disrupt the balance of hormones in the body, which can also lead to the development of acne.

If you suffer from acne, and you suspect that fluoride may be a contributing factor, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure and hopefully see an improvement in your skin.

 

35. Sucralose

A new study has found that sucralose, an artificial sweetener, may be linked to acne.

The study found that people who consumed more sucralose were more likely to develop acne.

Researchers believe that the artificial sweetener may increase the levels of insulin in the body, which can lead to acne. The study was small and more research is needed to confirm the link between sucralose and acne.

However, if you are concerned about developing acne, you may want to avoid consuming foods and beverages that contain the artificial sweetener.

 

36. Nicotine

Nicotine is a known culprit of causing acne.

It narrows blood vessels, which decreases blood flow and oxygen to the skin.

It also clogs pores, which can lead to breakouts.

Acne is not caused by one specific thing, but rather, a combination of several factors. However, nicotine is definitely a contributing factor to the formation of acne.

 

Conclusion

There are many potential causes of acne, but some of the most common include hormonal changes, certain medications, diet, and stress.

If you are concerned about developing acne, you may want to avoid consuming foods and beverages that contain the artificial sweetener sucralose, as well as cigarettes or other products that contain nicotine.

If your still having trouble, why not check out our top 8 reasons why your skincare aren't working? Your skin will thank you for it!

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