You’ve battled with acne for years and it was a b*tch. You finally get it under control when out of nowhere you experience a breakout. You’re standing in front of the mirror staring at your blemishes, resisting the urge to pop them, all the while wondering the hell happened!
I’m certain this sort of confusion has plagued us all at one time or another. You’ve been going along your everyday routine without much change, so it doesn’t make sense. I assure you, something small has changed and it’s the reason for your latest breakout.
I like to refer to this random zit-fests as small bouts of “accidental acne.” Without realising it, you have changed something in your regular routine that has caused your pores to clog, bacteria to breed and pimples to follow.
Here are my most common accidental acne breakout culprits.
Cheating On Food Allergies
This one is a doozy and often my biggest downfall. As many of my frequent readers know, I’m allergic to gluten (anything delicious and bread-y!) Whether I self-induce the allergic reaction or am unintentionally glutenized, my skin always pays the price.
An allergy to gluten means that my body doesn’t absorb nutrients from those foods properly, which leads to a build up of toxins in the small intestine.
Besides having a buildup of body toxins, eating gluten also induces inflammation. This inflammation causes a release of histamine, which upsets your insulin, which messes with your sugar balance, which we all know affects acne. Wooo, long winded explanation; I know!
Whether you’re allergic to gluten or have another food sensitivity, the same reactions are likely to occur. Next time you go to cheat on those food allergies, think twice. Is that bite of doughy pizza realllllllly worth the pimple?
Didn’t think so!
The Negative Effects of a Fragrance Shower
Have you ever heard the (somewhat inappropriate) term “Italian shower”? If not, allow me enlighten you.
Ever walk by someone who just reeks of cologne or perfume? They’ve sprayed so much on you are certain they are trying to cover up the stench of 3 days of non-showering or something along those lines. Well, my friends, that’s an Italian shower. No disrespect to my Italian friends; Ti amo ancora (I still love you)!
Spraying fragrances directly on your skin may be the cause of your acne. The preservatives and toxins used in many of your favourite scents can clog your pores, dry out your skin and cause minor inflammation, which we know all leads to pimples. For the ladies, you may notice this in the form of chest acne because you spray on your decolletage.
Avoid your chest and breasts and instead, finger dab your favourite scent on your pulse points; behind the ears, dip of the neck, inside of the elbows and behind the knees. This works twofold; to prevent body acne and to prevent over use. Everyone thanks you in advance! Peeee-eewww!
The Skin Hangover of Binge Drinking
There are several reasons why a raucous night on the town can lead to acne breakouts.
First of all, drinking depresses the immune system which helps keep acne causing bacteria under control. Upsetting this balance may cause more bacteria to remain on your skin, thus a breakout.
Secondly, booze gives your hormones a little roller coaster ride. Basically, the more you drink the more your body tries to convert those carbs and you experience a spike in your blood sugar. Because your body is unable to process this all, you become hormonally imbalanced and will likely experience a few new spots.
Finally, we all know that alcohol affects the liver. Our liver is responsible for flushing toxins from our body and when we make it overwork, it can’t function. Toxic buildup leads to blemish breakouts.
All these are contributing factors to the accidental acne phenomena. Next time you get a breakout take a good hard look at your last week. Did you cheat on allergies, overdo it on the perfume or party a little too hardy? Regain some balance and your skin will reap the rewards.
Have your own example of accidental acne? Dish it below, sistah!