Breakouts are a doggedly annoying part of skincare for almost everyone. They start when we’re teenagers and continue to be a pain at different intervals in our lives. This is because, despite being concentrated in our teens, breakouts can happen for a wide variety of reasons based on heritage, environment, and even your own particular choices. This makes it particularly annoying for anyone trying to fight chronic breakouts. You likely know a few reasons you might breakout, but most people don’t have a full idea of the exact range of potential reasons or even how to handle them. With that in mind, we’re going to touch on some of the varied causes for breakouts and how to appropriately treat them. This will give you a boost the next time you suddenly notice you’re fighting a breakout.

Hormonal Changes
Teenagers are typically dealing with this as a major cause of acne. Many of us like to think we’re done with this cause after our teens, but the truth is any notable shifting in our hormone levels can cause breakouts to happen. This is why many women struggle with routine breakouts during their cycles. Similarly, hormonal changes from pregnancy and even menopause can cause breakouts. Men don’t escape this issue either, but hormonal shifts capable of cause breakouts are far less common for them. You can treat this kind of breakout by working on incorporating oil control and acne-fighting products into your normal routine. They don’t have to be a staple, but even using such products every other week can do wonders to help minimize and control hormonally caused breakouts. Proper control, in turn, will keep your skin looking healthier.

Poor Product Choice
This is a big one for all skin care enthusiasts. We eventually fall prey to this problem when we need to grab a product while traveling or don’t bother to read labels effectively. Poor product choice can frequently be the cause of chronic breakouts for any number of reasons. The most common though is picking products that aren’t easy to remove and are prone to clogging pores. You are likely to remember this problem as being relatively common when you first began to get into skincare. Most of us iron this out eventually when we notice the effect a particular product has on our skin. A good rule of thumb for anyone unsure on whether their products are good for their skin or not it to look for the label “Noncomedogenic”. These products are designed to avoid clogging pores and be easily removable. Ideally, most of your products should be like this.

Overzealous Cleaning
Another problem can actually be that you’re taking your skincare just a little bit too seriously in one way or another. This typically takes the form of over-cleansing or using a particularly potent chemical exfoliant. These products are capable of drying out your skin. Oil control is a good goal for everyone, but drying out your skin actually boosts your skin’s natural oil production. Your skin knows it isn’t moist enough and tries to protect itself. This leads to a rapid buildup of oil that can easily catch grime and other debris. Routinely using makeup and other products will trap the mess underneath another layer and provide the perfect environment for bacteria to form and cause a breakout. The solution here is to pay attention to your skin when cleansing or exfoliating. Remember your skin needs to not be oily, but it shouldn’t be dry. Dry skin is a sign to stop emphasizing such products, moisturize properly, and let your skin heal.

Breakouts are an issue no matter what age you are. The varied causes make it hard to narrow down any exact way to prevent breakouts, but we can treat them appropriately once they happen. We’ve touched on a few of the common problems that you are likely to encounter. You can use these treatment suggestions as a way to manage and control the breakout until your skin can properly heal. Taking proper care of your skin will help keep your skin healthy and you feeling confident.

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