November 16, 2012
Pimples seem to pop up out of nowhere, and though you can often chalk it up to hormones or stress, sometimes, you can't. While some of us suffer from acne more often than others, there are certain undercover agents that may be sabotaging your skin behind the scenes. Here's where you might find a few key offenders.
In your medicine cabinet
Taking prescription medications? If any of them contain steroids, like prednisone, you may have found the culprit. Women's Health Magazine reports that prednisone, an anti-inflammatory substance used to treat poison ivy, arthritis and allergies, can cause you to break out. Other topical steroids such as cortisone or hydrocortisone can also cause pimples.
Other substances like lithium, lithium chloride and certain forms of iodine can cause acne. Oral contraceptives have the power to cause or treat it, thanks to the way the pill regulates (or disrupts) your hormones. Check the labels of your meds and see if acne is listed as a side effect, if so, then ask you doctor if there are any alternatives.
In your purse
All the items bumping around in your bag are covered with bacteria, and they touch your face more than you think. All that time you spend speaking on your cell phone is a prime opportunity for bacteria to spread and acne to occur on your chin and cheeks. Wipe down your phone regularly to keep everything clean, Women's Health Magazine recommends.
The makeup brushes you stow in your purse could also be the cause of your zits. Make sure you clean these tools at least once a month to prevent bacteria build up from transferring to your face when you apply your makeup products.
In your fridge
Some studies suggest dairy, sugar and other substances in our meals might contribute to acne, but dermatologist Dr. Amy Derick told WebMD that this is still debatable among docs. Some studies point to a connection between the hormones in milk and acne, but ask your doctor before ditching the dairy.
Still haven't found the culprit? If you eliminated all these pimple-producing properties in your life, try a complete acne-fighting program like the Bliss No Zit Sherlock Complete Acne System. This set includes a two-in-one cleanser and toner, a correcting serum and oil control moisturizer that clears clogged pores, keeps oil at bay and prevents scarring and hyperpigmentation once your zits have finally healed.