9 Surprising Reasons for a Sudden Pimple Breakout

All of us humans have at some point or the other been graced with the presence of the glorious pimple – especially in situations when you would least expect or want it to be around – say, like a family wedding, date, or school dance.

But, as adults, the days of embarrassing acne is mostly behind us. Sure, a few of them might pop up once in a while, but now we’ve got makeup and concealer to hide them away. But what if there’s a sudden breakout of pimples across your face? Makeup isn’t going to hide all of them, and it can be quite painful!

What could be the reason for this annoying problems? Here are 9 surprising reasons for a sudden acne breakout:

1. Hormones

This is a given. Ask a woman what’s the thing that gives her most trouble in life and we can guarantee that hormones are involved. Relationship woes? Hormones. Feeling stressed at work? Hormones. Defaulting on your house payment? Uh… maybe not that one. But, the point we’re trying to make is, hormones can wreak havoc on your body, and that can end up causing a breakout of your skin through various different channels.

2. PMS or Pregnancy

Is this sudden breakout a one-of-a-kind thing, or does it appear every month around the same time? If it’s the former, you might want to check your calendar, cause a little bundle of joy may be developing inside of you! If it’s the latter, your acne breakout could be caused by PMS, right around the time that Aunt Flo arrives every month. In either of these cases, your pimples are courtesy of… you guessed it, hormones!

3. Your Skincare Routine

Have you started using a new cosmetic product? No matter how high-quality the product is or how much others rave about it, if it does not suit your particular skin, it’s not for you. It’s important to read the ingredients before buying skin care products, and know what works with your skin and what does not. As a general rule of thumb, it’s good to look for products that are noncomedogenic and fragrance-free.

4. Your Haircare Routine

Although many might have already thought about the previous point, not many would have considered that their hair products are what’s responsible for that pimple breakout. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, since the two areas considered are literally attached to one another!

A good way to find out if its the cleansing agents, chemicals, moisturizer, and silicone in your hair products is the culprit is to analyze where the pimples have formed. If they are mostly contained along and near the hairline, you’ve got the answer.

5. Smoking

Yes, not only does smoking cause cancer, it can give you bad skin too! When you smoke, you would blow the smoke out, causing it to brush up against your face, decreasing the amount of oxygen it receives. This can cause your skin to wrinkle and your pores to widen as it breaks down collagen. The carcinogens in smoke can also dry your skin out or cause irritations.

6. Stress

If you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious in life lately, even that could be the reason for your skin to breakout. To be scientific about it, stress causes an increase in your cortisol levels, which will trigger your skin to produce more oil and testosterone. This then causes your pores to get clogged and therefore, leads to a breakout. In non-scientific terms, there go those pesky hormones again!

7. Eating Habits

Sugar is the devil – read it, learn it, make it your life’s mantra. Sugar can cause a lot of problems in life, and lead to the worsening of many a health condition – and yes, that includes acne.

This also includes foods rich in saturated fat and simple carbohydrates. Foods containing a combination of these three – “the evil trifecta” – are known to be high on the “glycemic index” meaning they break down and mix with your blood very quickly, increasing insulin levels. This can then cause hormonal fluctuations, skin irritation, and inflammation, which can lead to breakouts.

8. Laundry

How often you do your laundry and the products you use can also be affecting your skin. Some laundry detergents contain chemicals that can be harmful to your skin. This is especially in the case that the breakout of acne isn’t concentrated just in your face, but all over your body. On the other hand, not washing your sheets often enough can also cause a buildup of germs and bacteria that could be the cause behind skin troubles.

9. Environment & Surroundings

Sudden changes in weather and environmental factors could also adversely be affecting your skin. For example, your skin might be oily in hot weather, but not so much in winter. If you continue using the same skincare products, it might end up drying it too much.

Similarly, if you’ve recently moved or traveled somewhere where there’s a lot of pollution/dirt in the air, that could also be clogging your pores. In such an instance, a good cleansing regimen throughout the day would be key to protecting your skin.

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