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10 Things You Didn’t Know Are Causing Acne Breakouts

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You’ve used every acne treatment that promises to clear your skin—even avoided food choices with questionable reputations like pizza and chocolate–and yet, your acne keeps showing up in the worst of times (the night before your first date or a big presentation!). It turns out that there are quite a few other things contributing to acne that you probably aren’t aware of.  Read on to discover 10 things that could be causing and aggravating your breakouts.

  1. 1. Your Pillowcase
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    1. Your Pillowcase

    Enjoy hours of beauty sleep with the Queen Size Slip Pillowcase in 'Pink', a pure silk pillowcase that has been specially-commissioned and scientifically tested to provide anti-aging, anti-sleep crease and anti-bed head benefits.Unlike standard, synthetic fiber pillowcases, the highest grade (6A) long fiber mulberry silk with a 22 momme thickness has been utilized to create a luxurious night-time experience that is gentle on skin and hair. Refined over ten years to provide the ultimate in shine, thickness, softness and durability, the SlipSilk™ pillowcase has been shown to significantly
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  2. 2. Smartphones, Earphones and Makeup Tools

  3. 3. Face Cleansers Not Suited for Your Skin Type

  4. 4. Not Using Your Spot Treatments Correctly
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    4. Not Using Your Spot Treatments Correctly

    PCA Skin Acne Cream clears away blemishes and prevents future acne from forming by purifying your pores. This formula features liquid benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial ingredient that controls acne by killing the cause of inflammation. Lactic acid gently exfoliates your skin to diminish surface cell buildup and breakouts, plus it replenishes moisture so you don't have to worry about patches of dry, flaky skin. Skin is left looking even and feeling soothed.Key Ingredients: * 5% Benzoyl Peroxide: eliminates existing acne lesions and prevents future breakouts * Lactic Acid: supplies skin with
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  5. 5. Pore-Clogging Skin Care Products
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    5. Pore-Clogging Skin Care Products

    Glytone Hydrating Cream (formerly Clarifying Conditioning Cream) is a hydrating cream specifically designed to banish excessively dry areas associated with your daily skin care regimen. The conditioning, non-comedogenic texture offers instant moisture that lasts and lasts, leaving the skin supple and soft.Due to a manufacturer packaging change, item received may vary from product
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  6. 6. The Sun

  7. 7. Sleeping With Your Makeup On
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    7. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

    These detoxifying cleansing cloths are designed to cleanse and soothe the skin while on-the-go. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and botanical ingredients, they gently yet effectively rid the skin of makeup, excess oil and impurities, leaving the skin feeling fresh and pure. Plus, the residue-free, non-drying formula never leaves the skin feeling tight or sticky. Ideal for travel or every day
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  8. 8. Unhealthy Diet
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    8. Unhealthy Diet

    Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement features an innovative complex of vitamins and natural extracts to prevent acneic breakouts and blemishes for a clearer, healthier complexion. Vitamin A encourages normal cell production while yellow dock and burdock root extracts eliminate toxins and discoloration. Zinc soothes and calms redness, inflammation and
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  9. 9. Your Fingers
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    9. Your Fingers

    If you were prone to pimples as a teenager, you've probably tried at least one spot treatment, even if it was sleeping with toothpaste on your blemishes to dry them out. While we can't vouch for the toothpaste method, wecan vouch for a new and innovative approach to acne control as its grown-up counterpart: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots.These clear and adhesive dots are packed with a potent blend of comedone-fighting ingredients so that you can target treat right where you need it most to address clogged pores directly. In addition to expediting the healing process of the
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  10. 10. Stress

    READERS—What else triggers your breakouts? Share it with us in the comments section below.

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Managing Editor, Dermstore Blog

Gracee Tolentino

Gracee Tolentino is the former managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new beauty products, reading creative non-fictions, creative writing and exploring the world. Her number-one beauty rule: Never leave the house without applying sunscreen.