Common Acne Triggers

Part of having acne is knowing what can potentially trigger breakouts. Knowing your triggers means you should know which foods, activities or substances to avoid. It can be a bit difficult at first but it can potentially save your skin. The best way to avoid your triggers is to know and discuss them with your dermatologist. Here is a list of known common triggers for acne breakouts, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Hormonal Changes – Life phases like puberty can trigger acne breakouts, and is very common in teenagers who are experiencing various changes in their bodily hormones. However, acne breakouts can occur beyond your teenage years, as women who have fluctuations during their menstrual cycle can also experience hormonal acne.
  • Certain Types of Medication – Drugs that contain barbiturates, androgenic steroids, and those that bromides or iodides can cause acne. Antidepressant medicines and medications that treat epilepsy can have an effect on your skin that can cause you to break out in pimples.
  • Cosmetic Products – There are certain cosmetics, especially those that are oil-based or cream-based, that end up blocking your pores and cause you to get acne. Sometimes it’s the dyes or colorants that can irritate your skin. Make sure you choose products that are non-comedogenic, or won’t block your pores.
  • Stress – Cortisol is an internal bodily hormone that can be called as your built-in alarm system. When you’re stressed, your cortisol levels rise, leading to higher risk of inflammation and the break out of pimples. Try to control your stress by engaging in relaxing activities and acquiring hobbies that help you disengage and feel more rested. Stress management is just as important as having an established skincare routine.
  • Diet – Certain foods that are high in sugar can increase your skin’s oil production, leading to higher risk of acne. Sweets like ice cream, cakes, and candies are all high in sugar content. Instead of eating those, focus on eating foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, salmon, whole grains and leafy vegetables.