What causes breakouts?
Pore-clogging cosmetics, stress and hormones in no particular order.
Women in their 20s are sometimes breakout prone because they’re less scrupulous about skin care—often going to the gym with make up on (or worse yet, sleeping in it), cleansing in a rush, or not exfoliating regularly.
All of this can lead to congested pores, which equal blackheads and breakouts, as well as enlarged pores over time. Once pores become stretched out by an accumulation of excess oil, dirt and dead cells, they don’t snap back to their original size. And if you happen to be using products intended for oily skin, your face may compensate by producing more oil and, consequently, more breakouts.
There are a number of unsuspecting causes of breakouts, such as constantly touching your skin with dirty hands, holding an unclean telephone to the side of your face, or failing to wash your pillow cases and makeup brushes regularly. Breakouts happen when pores become congested with a combination of excess oils, bacteria, dead skin cells or environmental impurities (translation: dirt). When blemishes do arise, don’t pinch. It drives blockages and bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in infection and/or scarring. Tame breakouts by catching up on sleep, drinking plenty of water, taking Vitamin C and exercising regularly.
Treat painful pimples with a homemade paste of crushed aspirin and healing Neosporin. The pills contain salicylic acid, a pore-cleansing ingredient found in most spot treatments
Also cleansing with one of Simply Sabuni’s charcoal luxury bars is fantastic for cleaning and preparing your skin for for the homemade treatment above.