Part one:

Sneaky causes of acne no one’s telling you about

You’re forgetting to clean your facial cleansing brush, and make up brushes once a week!!!

Don’t grow your own bacteria! Beauty blender needs to be washed and dried after every single use. And still buy and start using new every couple of months.
Hygiene is your best friend. Wash ALL of your brushes every single week and dry them like this, otherwiese the water will residue in the handle and will shorten the lifespan of your brush:

You’re only using oily skin products.
Oily skin is only one of the reasons why you can get acne. If the root cause of your breakouts is the bacteria thriving on the surface of your skin, you’ll have a hard time bidding your acne goodbye.
Instead of focusing on oil control, use products that contain acne-fighting ingredients. There are tons of skin care products that have salicylic acid which you can use every day.

You’re taking too many hot showers.
While hot showers are soothing and relaxing, they can actually be stressful for your skin. It can damage your skin cells, cause your acne to spread and even ruin your hair cuticle.

You’re using heavy moisturizers.
Moisturizers are a must for any skin type, but you shouldn’t use just any moisturizer. Heavy moisturizers and lotions are mostly occlusive, which means they can clog your pores and make your acne worse.
Coconut oil tends to be occlusive, too. Cetaphil has great and cheap moisturizers.

You’re not washing your face after working out.
Working out may be great for your skin, but not all the time. When you work out, your body’s blood circulation increases and you sweat to eliminate toxins. The problem happens when your sweat sits on your skin for too long. It can mix with oil, dirt and toxins. Together, they can disrupt your skin’s pH balance and clog your pores. And if you’re taking supplements, like whey protein, you’re doing more damage to your skin.

If you’re washing your face for only a few seconds, cleansers won’t be able to do their job properly.
Dirt and oil can linger on your skin and there’ll be traces of makeup left. The next time you wash your face, massage the product into your skin as you sing the alphabet song. Only then can you rinse off. If using mineral sunscreens daily – as I do – start double cleanse.

Mineral SPFs tend to really stick to your skin and the best way to remove them at the end the day is double or only oily cleanser.

You’re using a body sunscreen on your face
Unless your sunscreen is clear about being usable on both your face and body, don’t attempt to apply your body sunscreen on your face.
Your facial skin is generally more sensitive than the skin on your body. If you use the body versions on your face, you can end up with irritation, dryness and inflamed spots.

You’re shaving with old blades.
Old blades can harbor bad bacteria that can get into your pores as the blades pass over your skin. The friction those blades create can also be irritating, particularly to delicate skin. For sensitive acne-prone skin, try pairing the right shaving cream with the best razor for sensitive skin. And remember to replace your blades after two to three uses.

You’re using a dirty loofah.
When you have breakouts on your arms and body, it can be quite tempting to use a loofah, to scrub them off. While it does help with exfoliation, the problem with loofahs is how they are prone to bacterial buildup. Damp loofahs provide a good environment for bacteria to thrive in. The next time you use one, you’ll just be practically spreading more bacteria on your skin.

You’re waxing too frequently
When you wax, the top most layer of the skin gets removed in the process. As a result, the area becomes vulnerable to a lot of things.
Even the simple act of touching it can lead to breakouts. Dirt and oil can easily creep into our pores, too.

At the beginning, it can actually help dry out pimples since UV rays have a drying effect. It can curb your skin’s excess oil production.
However, after the process, your skin will start to compensate and produce more oil to remedy the dryness. This can cause more breakouts.

You’re taking multivitamins and supplements
Multivitamins typically have three main components: vitamin B12, B6 and iodine, which is a mineral. Although these vitamins and minerals are beneficial for your health, receiving too much of them can actually trigger acne.
Apart from those three, supplements like biotin, creatine and phentermine can also cause pimples.
There are still the good guys, like vitamin A and Zinc.

You’re taking antidepressants
Antidepressants have been linked to cases of acne. Research suggests that it can be due to hypersensitivity to the drug and not the drug itself.
If you happen to experience breakouts while taking antidepressants, do not stop taking your medicine without consulting your doctor. You shouldn’t also take any oral medications for your acne as some of them can interact negatively with your antidepressant.
Instead, use a topical acne treatment, like ones that contain benzoyl peroxide.

You’re receiving B12 Injections
Vitamin B12 injections have the ability to alter the genetic expression of P. Acnes which is a common acne-causing bacteria. The injections make these bacteria produce porphyrins that promote inflammation in acne.
Usually, when the injections are stopped, acne goes away, too.

I receive every November and February B12 injections as the best immune system boost ever. Healthy all winter long.

Here are 9 health benefits of vitamin B12, all based on science:
Helps With Red Blood Cell Formation and Anemia Prevention
May Support Bone Health and Prevent Osteoporosis
May Prevent Major Birth Defects
May Reduce Your Risk of Macular Degeneration
May Improve Mood and Symptoms of Depression
May Benefit Your Brain by Preventing the Loss of Neurons
May Give You an Energy Boost
May Improve Heart Health by Decreasing Homocysteine
Supports Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

To be continued….