Why Does My Face Break Out When I'm Sick?


As if the runny nose, head congestion, sore throat and body aches weren't enough, you might also find that your face starts breaking out when you come down with a cold. Flu and cold season is now in full swing, and if you tend to get zits and pimples when you get sick, this time of year can be especially troublesome. Here is some information to help you understand this unfortunate occurrence and tricks to get you through the next time you are feeling under the weather.

Why now?

Even if you never get zits, you might see a few rearing their ugly heads if you are sick. Technically, acne is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands, according to the National Institutes of Health. When pores are clogged with oil and bacteria, it constitutes a miniature infection. As with any disease and infection, the cure comes by way of the immune system.

If your immune system is busy fighting off another bug in your body, like a cold or flu virus, it might be slacking in the acne-battling department, causing the breakouts to flare up. Additionally, if you are sick in bed and not functioning as you normally do, you might be skipping washing your face or otherwise disrupting your skin care regimen.

What can I do?

Of course, keeping up with your normal face washing routine is critical to control breakouts during a cold or other illness. If you use Bliss products like the Bliss No Zit Sherlock Complete Acne System to keep your skin clear normally, make sure you continue washing and treating your skin as usual. However, you might also want to use a special acne-fighting mask to give your acne defense a boost. Try the Bliss No Zit Sherlock Breakout Busting Rubberizing Mask, which controls oil, absorbs impurities and calms skin with ingredients like seaweed extract, tea tree, willow and menthol.

Is my skin telling me something about my health?

Getting a cold might be an indicator that you are going to break out, but other times, your pimples can tell you what's going on in your body. According to Women's Health Magazine, chin acne can indicate a hormonal imbalance and redness or blotchiness can indicate stress, a digestive disorder or lupus. If you are concerned about your acne, talk to your dermatologist.