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Why you’re prone to acne breakouts and how to stop them

Cellphones to dandruff, everything is on our suspect list

By Hasina Khatib  May 16th, 2017

Tired of your acne popping up on the one day that you need it not to? Continuous breakouts are a menace, but you can’t always pawn off the blame on stress. Sure, carrying the weight of Gotham on your shoulders isn’t doing much good to your stress levels, but there’s a lot more that could unknowingly be aggravating your acne.

We got dermat Dr Kiran Lodhia to dispel some more of her home truths on all the reasons why your skin is continuously breaking out. You may not like what we discovered, for the most common causes have been hiding in plain sight all along.  

6 reasons why your acne breakouts just won’t go


You are what you eat. And never have those words felt truer than when you consider the hormonal imbalances that processed milk and dairy products can unleash. Hello there, unexplained breakouts.

How do I solve this? This may require a sacrifice, but snip away all processed dairy products from your diet and your skin will feel the difference. 

Health supplements

That monster pack of whey protein that drained out your paycheque? We hope you held on to the receipt, because you may want a refund. Protein supplements can create a hormonal cascade internally, causing your skin to reciprocate with continual bouts of acne.

How do I solve this? Go a little easy on your skin and switch to completely vegetarian health supplements to avoid setting off a negative reaction.


There’s no good way to break this news, so we’ll just come out and say it: Your fancy cellphone could be adding to the acne party. If breakouts have been sprouting up only on one side of your face, there’s a good chance that the bacteria and sweat that your phone screen harbours have been mating with your precious skin cells each time you take a call.

How do I solve this? Your mom would probably recommend that your throw your phone in the bin and switch to postal communication only, but we’ll let you off easy: Ensure that you never rest your phone directly on your face and regularly wipe down the screen with a sanitary wipe. 


But you knew that already, didn’t you? That heavy coverage foundation is the equivalent of making your facial skin spend an hour on the benchpress. Just know that clogged pores result in acne breakouts, so you probably don’t want to toy with disaster.

How do I solve this? Switch to a diet of light coverage foundation, stat. Before adding any beauty products to your cart, always scan the label for a sign that says it’s non-comedogenic: A dermatologist’s guarantee that it won’t clog your pores. 


Back acne is usually attributed to hormonal imbalances, but the sweat that’s occluding your pores isn’t doing you any favours either.

How do I solve this? Back acne can be awkward to discuss, but treating it needn’t be. Use the same benzoyl peroxide face wash that you use on your face to regularly kick out the bacteria from your back. Stick to cotton fabrics to avoid aggravating the situation and if you’ve been sweating in the sun outdoors, carry a change of clothes to avoid prolonged contact with bacteria.


Yes, that pesky little nuisance isn’t limiting its tentacles to your hair alone. A good amount of the dandruff you hope to hide under an extreme side parting actually slides down to your face and wreaks havoc on your pores.

How do I solve this? Switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo the second you spot that first white fleck on your shoulder. 

5 acne-fighting products that actually work

The key to fighting acne successfully is to keep your skincare routine simple. Add these products to your kit to get to the bottom of this menace.

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