Sweat - does not cause acne.
What is sweat? Sweating is our body’s way of controlling temperature. Our sweat glands release liquid, this is called perspiration, this helps our body stay cool.
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating the body’s temperature, and depending on how many sweat glands you are born with (2 to 4 million) there is no way of knowing how active they will be, which will determine how much you will sweat. Good news, it doesn’t actually cause acne.
However, to avoid dry skin, you will want to rehydrate your body with plenty of water, and moisturizers after a big sweat like a workout or a day at the beach. The loss of fluid and sodium through the skin can further dehydrate your skin which can cause breakouts.
Chocolate- does not cause acne
If only it was that easy to blame chocolate. This is good news, if chocolate is not a trigger for acne, this means you can still enjoy it. However, for other reasons its important to make sure the chocolate you are eating is actually chocolate. The popular chocolate bars I see on the shelves are mostly made with dairy and sugar.
My personal favorite is Hu Kitchen’s chocolate, its vegan friendly, hardly has any ingredients that don’t belong in your body and it’s actually chocolate.
Oils - do not cause acne (but some can)
Our brand and business depend on oils to cleanse, detoxify, and repair your skin. It is true that some oils can clog your pores, but its certainly untrue that all oils will clog your pores, feel heavy, and make your skin or face more oily.
Many oils can help balance your pH levels. This means stabilizing the amount of oil your skin is producing no matter how hormonal you may be. And when combined with other non-comedogenic oils or plant-based ingredients, it can reduce inflammation, provide nutrition that penetrates deeply (all layers of skin), and keep your skin hydrated without a greasy feel. Click here to request samples of our oil blends.
Stress does not cause acne, but...
I hear this daily, “my stress acne” is back. While stress does not cause acne, it has been found that it can be a trigger for existing acne (acne is caused by bacteria, age, and hormones).
Recent studies have found a stressed related hormone called corticotrophin-releasing hormone or CRH, that can cause the skin’s sebaceous glands to increase your skin’s oil production, and this can result in more acne.
Your sebaceous glands are responsible for the skin’s production of oil that helps keep your skin moisturized - which is not a bad thing until it goes rogue and over produces (usually puberty).
Ever notice picking at your skin or scratching it more when you’re stressed?
Your brain is always communicating with nerve endings in your skin. When you feel anxious, your body’s stress response goes to work, and if it kicks into overtime this can cause your nervous system and sensory symptoms to burn or cause your skin to itch. The sensation of this can be anywhere on your body like your scalp, face, and back.
It’s important to recognize when you are stressed during a breakout and be aware of this feeling to avoid irritating your skin more.
We hope you found this post helpful, you have any comments or experienced acne from any of the above please share in the comments below. And like always, don’t forget to check out our latest skincare products in our shop.