Acne can be a frustrating condition; when you regularly suffer from breakouts, it's hard to keep up your confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, though, there are several treatments available for acne. What can be even more helpful, however, is knowing what is causing your acne. Often, if you can determine the cause of your acne, you can also determine how to stop it in its tracks. A dermatologist can be a wonderful resource for figuring out what is causing your acne and how to fix it. You can also assess yourself and your lifestyle to determine if one of these common causes is to blame for your condition.
Too Much Makeup
If you wear a lot of heavy make-up on your face, especially if it is oil-based makeup, you could be setting yourself up for recurring breakouts. If you use liquid foundation, try switching to powder to see if that helps the situation. Even better yet, try going without foundation a few days a week and just wearing non pore-clogging makeup, like mascara and eyeliner. If you must wear makeup, try to wear it for shorter periods and try washing your face very thoroughly to clear away any and all makeup.
Another common cause of acne is the use of certain medications. Steroids or medications containing steroids are particularly good at causing breakouts. If you are taking any prescription medications, it is smart to see a dermatologist and to divulge any and all medications you are taking. Your dermatologist can help you to determine if any of these medications could be causing side effects. He or she may also be able to provide you with ways to counteract these effects or advise you of alternative medications that may help your problem without hurting your skin.
A Poor Diet
Eating unhealthily is bad for you on so many levels, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that an unhealthy diet could mean unhealthy looking skin. Ditching the junk food in favor of healthier, more natural foods could end up reversing your acne problem; and, even if it doesn't, eating healthier is always a good thing. Try reducing your caffeine and sugar intake.
Too Much Stress
Finally, reducing your stress levels may also help to improve your skin, since too much stress can cause acne production to flare up. Getting enough sleep can help to reduce stress and help your skin heal as well.
Hopefully, you've pinpointed the cause of your acne and can take steps to fix the problem. If not, though, remember that a dermatologist is always your best source of help and advice.