Sometimes, even when we have the best intentions and have tried many different lotions and potions, we still can't seem to get rid of that breakout. But before you start giving up on your problem skin, we've spoken to one skincare expert who can give us an insight to those lesser-known reasons you might be particularly spot-prone right now.
Nichola Joss is one of the beauty industry's biggest skincare experts and has tended to the skin of the A-list, with clients that include Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow. We spoke to Joss about the stranger reasons we might be breaking out and what we can do about it. Keep scrolling to read nine reasons you're suddenly breaking out all the time.
#1: Not Removing Your Cleanser
"I like to do a double cleanse. That means once you've used your cleanser, then you get rid of the first cleanser using a toner. When you don't remove it properly, the cleansing particles get trapped under the top level of the skin and cause a pH imbalance. This can leave you with congested pores and this can create spots."
#2: Having a Hormonal Imbalance
"The fluctuations of hormones happens for different reasons and can cause acne and sports, whether that's because you're in the peri-menopausal stage of your life or if you've got PCOS. Either way, I always recommend people go and get their blood tested for hormonal imbalances. This gives you a good guideline in terms of what to eat to help this balance as well as the supplements for hormonal balancing. Depending on your age there are three."
#3: Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
"We're so heavily tutored now, via video blogs, etc., to contour with many layers of makeup, so instead of just whacking on mascara, it's a massive deal now to do your makeup in the mornings. The focus has now shifted from the cleanliness. If you're using something like a Beautyblender, you should wash it out every night with antibacterial handwash and hot water, then leave it to air dry. That will make a big difference and doesn't take long."
"Anything that makes you sweat, even yoga, it'll change the production of sebum, which can clog skin. But the biggest thing here is take your makeup off before you exercise; then you won't clog up your skin. Otherwise everything will be trapped in there otherwise, creating the perfect condition for a breakout."
#5: Needing to Stimulate the Lymphatic System
"When you massage the skin, naturally you're flushing things out and your skin will start to behave more balanced. If you massage your skin every morning using an oil cleanser you're stimulating the lymphatic system helping to get rid of toxins."
#6: Getting Allergies
"If you're using a detergent that you've reacted to, you'll find that there's also a reaction over your body. But you can also be allergic to shampoos that can create breakouts on your hairline."
#7: Not Washing Properly
"When you use bath bombs and oils, you need to have a 'clean' shower after to ensure they're all washed off—otherwise, you guessed it, you get clogged pores."
#8: Using a Dirty Mobile
"Massive amounts of bacteria sits on people's phones. It does definitely change the way your skin behaves on the surface. Keep your phone clean with a pack of anti-bac hand wipes or even tissue. If you want to be really clean, get a screen spray."
#9: Having an Imbalanced Gut
"The bacteria in your gut can affect everything else in your body, including whether or not you break out. If your gut bacteria isn't balanced and you've noticed a lot of bloating, you might benefit from taking a probiotic. You want to look for something that isn't padded out with flavours, as that will counteract the effect."