Why Chemical Products Can Encourage Recurrent Acne

Did you know that chemical products can encourage recurrent acne? You might be doing more harm than good if you’re treating your acne with harsh chemicals. 

Why Do You Keep Getting Acne?

Acne is typically caused by the buildup of dead skin cells. As skin cells build up, they trap oil and bacteria inside the pores. From whiteheads to blackheads, nodules to pustules, when your pores are clogged, acne is bound to form.

Cosmetics and Chemical Skin Care Products

One of the main causes for acne are cosmetics, hair products, and chemical skincare products. Sad but True. Even if you don't have acne, you might find that certain products cause you to break out. Skincare products made from harsh ingredients such as algae extract, carrageenan and cetyl alcohol, can cause your skin to become irritated, which leads to pore clogging and unwanted acne. Chemical ingredients can be too heavy for your skin, which eliminates its ability to breath. Before you use a product, be sure to read the ingredients and avoid chemicals or unnatural items.

Medications and Drugs

Certain over the counter and doctor prescribed medicines can aggravate existing acne. The following medicines have also been shown to cause acne:
Corticosteroids stimulate the skin's natural oil production, which can lead to acne breakouts.
Thyroid medications are designed to impact your thyroid gland, but can also impact your body's natural productions of hormones, which can trigger acne.
Hormone medications, especially those designed for birth control, can cause an increase in acne due to their impact on your body's hormone production.
Many diet drugs contain ingredients that cause inflame acne.

Common Household Chemicals That Cause Acne

Grease from consistently cooking deep fried foods can increase acne outbreaks. In fact, cooking over a hot stove causes your pores to open. Unfortunately, when you often cook deep fried or oily foods, the airborne grease can enter and clog your pores.
Chlorinated chemicals like those used to clean your pool or in herbicides for your garden, can dry your skin. Dry skin becomes sensitive, which makes it prone to acne outbreaks.
Fabric softener is a common culprit for causing recurrent acne. Softener is made with oils and waxes, which might be designed to keep your pillows and sheets soft, but can greatly aggravate your acne.

Stress Induced Acne

A prominent cause for acne outbreaks is stress. When you’re under a lot of stress, the adrenal gland produces more testosterone, which leads to an increase in oil production and a subsequent acne outbreak. Whether you’re stressed by a final college exam, dating problem, or difficulties at work, your skin might respond with an acne breakout. Try relaxation techniques and the following skincare tips before you enter a stressful period of your life.

Treating Acne, The Natural Way

There are several steps you can take to successfully treat and prevent acne.
Choose the right natural products for your type of skin. Not all skincare products are made for every person. When trying a new product, be sure to test if your skin has a negative reaction by applying a small amount to your forearm.
As discussed earlier within this post, chemical products contain harsh ingredients that will damage your skin. Avoid doing more harm than good, by simply saying "goodbye" to chemical products.
Take time to clean your face in the morning and before bed. Your skin heals itself while you’re asleep. However, your skin can only breathe and begin healing if it’s properly cleaned. Use a natural skincare product to remove the day's buildup of dirt and oil.

These simple steps will reduce the number of acne outbreaks. Loving your skin and using natural products will give your body a chance to heal itself. Natural skincare products will unclog your pores and keep them free of harsh chemicals—irritants to your skin.