Frequent breakouts or acne can be frustrating. Despite the products you consistently apply to your skin, your pimples just won’t stop ruining your complexion.

This pushes you to go even harsher on your skin. You use strong acne treatments in an attempt to end your problems once and for all.

But, guess what?

That won’t make your skin any better. In fact, it can give you a lot more problems.

You see, treating acne requires a more holistic approach. It isn’t just about being consistent with your products or using the strongest treatment.

If you want to end your acne once and for all, you have to know your acne triggers and avoid them as much as possible.


Well, you begin with checking what you do, eat and wear on a daily basis.

Take, for example, your face cleanser. If you end up feeling tight and irritated after washing your face, it’s probably not the right product for you.

The best acne face wash should have a formula that won’t strip your skin’s natural oil despite fighting acne-causing bacteria.

Your moisturizer can also be a trigger. If you have been using thick creams and lotions on your face, you’re suffocating your pores and that causes skin breakouts.

Not using a moisturizer can lead to acne, too.

Here’s why:

When the skin is dry and dehydrated, it compensates by producing more oil to protect itself. Having excessive oil makes your skin more prone to getting clogged pores and acne.

Another factor that can lead to pimples is your diet. Eating dairy foods, sweets, and high glycemic foods can trigger your oil glands to produce more oil than necessary.

Your stress level is a factor you should consider, too.

Now, to help you know more about the sneakiest causes of acne, here’s a really handy infographic you can check out.

-By Hannah Do

Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Click here to check out her latest article. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Facebook