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5 Things You Never Suspected Might Be Causing Your Acne

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Acne can be terribly frustrating, and for many people, those pesky blemishes aren’t limited to the adolescent years, either. Trying to pinpoint exactly what’s causing your breakouts can be equally frustrating, and if you’re like most people who struggle with acne, you’ve likely already tried every tip, cream and serum out there in an attempt to stop the breakouts. If you’ve tried all of the conventional wisdom and still can’t clear things up (pun intended), these five unlikely suspects could very well be to blame.

5. Your Smartphone

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The Problem: If you hold your phone against your face when chatting with your bestie, you may be spreading bacteria and dirt to your face without even realizing you’re doing it! Do you tend to break out on one side of your face more than the other? Does that side also happen to be the side you most commonly hold your phone against? If so, your phone may very well be the culprit! Think about what your phone goes through in a day. Being tossed into your purse, laid on public countertops and even taken into the bathroom with you can mean all kinds of dirt, germs and, yes, even feces being pressed against your facial skin every time you pick up your phone to make a call.

The solution: Use sanitizing wipes to clean off your phone regularly throughout the day and see if those breakouts disappear! If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you could also pick up a phone sanitizer/charger gadget, which will sanitize your phone while it charges!

4. Your Morning Coffee

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The Problem: That morning cup (or three) of coffee may do the trick in kickstarting your day, but the acid in that delicious cup of Joe can also disturb the delicate pH levels in your skin and even your colon, which can cause or exacerbate breakouts, especially if you’re already prone to acne.

The Solution: Try switching to tea in the mornings instead of coffee, and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your pH levels in check. If you simply can’t fathom going without coffee, however, at least try to minimize your intake. You can also add a few pH drops to your coffee to balance things out.

3. Not Getting Enough Sleep

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The Problem: Not getting enough sleep at night can cause a whole host of health problems, and one of those just happens to be acne and blemishes. Your body simply doesn’t work properly when not well-rested, so if you spend each night tossing and turning instead of sleeping, your lack of rest could very well be to blame for those out-of-control breakouts.

The Solution: If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, you may need to limit your screen time before hitting the sack. Using electronic devices can wreak havoc on our internal clocks, making a good night’s sleep almost impossible. Try turning off all electronics at least an hour before bed and curl up with a good book, instead. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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