10 causes of acne and blemishes

I think a lot of people assume that once you get through your teen years, your acne will go away. Unfortunately, that isn’t true. All through my teen years I had very few break outs. Now that I’m an adult, I’m struggling with my skin for the first time in my life. 

There are many different causes to acne, and it always depends on the person, and their environment, but I’ve made a list of 10 of the most common sources of where your acne is coming from. 

1 You touch your face. I know you’ve all heard this before, but I just need to get it out of the way… and I can’t even act like like I’m not guilty of this. All day long i’ll sit there and rest my hand on my face, or just touch my face for no reason at all… I can’t even tell you why, it’s just my most obnoxious habit!
TIP: Try to keep your hands busy, grab stress ball or something of the sort so you don’t feel compelled to put them all over your face.

2 Your Diet. Again, I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, and normally I would say that if you haven’t changed your diet by now for the sake of your skin, you probably won’t. However! I’ve recently Given up dairy, to help improve my skin. Non- organic dairy products are packed with antibiotics and hormones that will spike insulin in your body and that unfortunately leads to break outs. The hormones in dairy products are strong enough to throw off your body’s hormone balance. Drinking a glass of milk could cause up to 20% rise in key oil producing hormones that causes acne. 

3. sleeping in your makeup. There are so many damages sleeping in your makeup can do to your skin that I could do a whole other post on it, but for now, the short version: You keep your makeup on all day, during that time, it breaks down and collects the pollutants in the air.. including mold and mites. When you sleep in your makeup you’re leaving all of that on your face all night. If that’s not enough to scare you into taking off your makeup, I don’t know what will! 

4.You need to clean your makeup brushes. We are all guilty of not washing our brushes often enough. If you have a lot, it takes forever, and if you only have one set, you have to do it in the morning so that they have enough time to dry before you need them again. It’s a pain, I’ll be the first to admit it, but you really, really need to wash your brushes. Especially the ones used for liquid or cream products. They’ll collect bacteria which gets transferred onto your face with your fresh makeup. Nobody wants that! 

5. You don’t get enough sleep. When you wake up and think your skin got worse over night, you’re not just being dramatic. Not getting enough sleep inflicts stress on your body, which raises your levels of Cortisol, which causes inflammation and sends your oil glads into over drive. so we’re not kidding when we say get your beauty sleep! 

6. Traveling. In addition to the stress that traveling causes on your body, the air in a plane is very dry. Your dead skin can clog your pores, just as easily as oil can clog your pores. I suggest not wearing makeup when you fly, before you take off apply a beauty oil and don’t be afraid to apply a moisturizer in flight. 

7. Your phone.  I‘m not sure that people spend as much time on the phone as we did in our teen years, before the invention of text messaging. However, there are times when everyone speaks on the phone, weather it’s your mom, your best friend or your boyfriend, there are times when we all spend significant amounts of time on the phone. If you think about all the things that your phone encounters on a regular basis, (dirty hands, the inside of your purse, the bathroom counter…) you’ll probably see why you don’t want that on your face. So either wipe your phone down with an alcohol wipe (maybe don’t take that advice, I know my skin care but I don’t know how good that is for your phone) or just use your phone on speaker only. 

8. You cleanse your face too much. I will always use a gentle cleanser in the morning, but you do not need to deep clean your face twice a day. You’re stripping the layer of sebum your body creates every time you wash your face. Your body will feel the need to over compensate for the oil it’s lost, so once you wash your face, make sure to use a good moisturizer to keep the moisture in your skin. 

9. Hormones. Hormonal acne is something I really struggled with, if it’s your time of the month, you’re on birth control or your pregnant, your hormones are definitely out of wack, and your face may show that. It’s the most frustrating kind of acne, because it’s also harder to get rid of. There are tons of treatments for this, but the only thing that worked for me, was drinking a table spoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water at night. It tastes terrible… but girl… it works! 

10. You’re not exfoliating. As I mentioned earlier, dead skin can clog your pores just as much as oil can. Make sure you’re exfoliating one or two times a week (not more often then that) to clear out all the dead skin off of your face and avoid it getting stuck in your pores. 

As I said in the beginning, there are many causes to acne. If you’re experiencing difficulty with your skin, one of the topics in this article may the reason. After you target the problem, you’ll be able to start the healing process.

Thank you all for reading!








  • sassymirrorbyhilda March 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for the tips

  • badger1899 March 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Such a great article. Man, I need to wash my brushes already!

    • beauty90 March 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

      I know! that’s a tough one, it is tedious.

  • thehappybodyco March 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Liked reading this. I’ve just ‘invested’ in a couple of bamboo brushes, it’s supposed to be easily washable. All I know just now is that it feels like you are applying your makeup with a cats tail (that’s a positive btw….). My new oils have arrived today,including (I’m excited) Tamanu oil, which I’ve read is good for problem skin. Will formulate a moisturiser with it and see how it goes.

    • beauty90 March 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      that sounds awesome!! I’ll have to do some research on that oil.

      • thehappybodyco March 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        Let me know what you come accross. I’ve just taken deliery of about 5 new oils, it was one of them. I hear ‘great healing’ stories about it but until I ‘play’ with it, my jury is out. It’s an interesting colour mind!

        • beauty90 March 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

          sounds amazing! I need something that’ll heal the scars on my face, they’re not from acne they’re from having hives and I can not get rid of them!!

          • thehappybodyco March 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

            When I come across this in my research study etc, I will let you know. Pity you aren’t in UK, I’d send you some tamanu to try. 🙁

          • beauty90 March 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

            aw that’s so sweet! thank you! I’ll have to try and get some! Thank you!!!

  • Zaisnapz March 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks, this really helped! I have a lot of pimples on my face and knowing the causes can help to avoid getting more.

    • Lauren Garvey March 28, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      it’s definitely important for clear skin 🙂

  • jaychante March 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for this! I’ve always wondered the different reasons I get pimples.

    • Lauren Garvey March 29, 2017 at 11:52 am

      it’s crazy right?! Sometimes it’s things you’d never even think of.

      thanks for reading!

  • Shelby Dowden March 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Loved the article!

    • Lauren Garvey March 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

      thank you!! I’m so glad you liked it:)


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