These Acne Triggers Will Surprise You

Acne blemishes affect us all; except for a few lucky people with naturally perfect skin. Were looking at you Brad Pitt. Odds are though, you’re not Brad Pitt, and you’ve probably tried a number of techniques to prevent and treat acne breakouts. While a number of treatment options and procedures have been discovered to aid in your battle for clear skin, it's important to understand why breakouts happen in the first place.


Most commonly, acne appears in teenagers as a result of changes to their hormones. Because acne can be triggered by this change in hormone levels, those who are pregnant or are taking birth control can experience blemishes as well. This occurs when the glands in our pores produce oil to help remove dead cells, and keep our skin hydrated. When too much oil is produced, dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria can accumulate, causing a reaction on your skin.

Some preventative measures that remove those pore-clogging agents include washing your skin with a mild, non-drying soap. Also, avoiding greasy cosmetics and touching our faces are well-known ways to fend off acne, but the following acne triggers may just surprise you.



If you find yourself jet setting frequently for business, or traveling for a much needed vacation, you’ll probably expose your skin to a major acne trigger. The air inside a plane cabin is highly filtered, recirculated air. The air from higher altitudes can dry out your skin, and doesn’t offer much moisture, which can lead to dehydrated skin cells. These dry cells build up oil, which causes acne. To prevent those extra passengers on your face from appearing, apply a hydrating serum before your flight and exfoliate after you land.

Makeup Brushes

Many people take the time to find cosmetics that will not clog their pores, but they may not realize that their makeup applicators can be an acne-causing culprit. The bristles in makeup brushes easily collect dirt, oil, and bacteria in a short amount of time. Wash your makeup brushes once a week with shampoo and warm water, and let them air-dry on a clean cloth or paper towel. This will decrease your chances of experiencing a breakout from using dirty brushes on your skin.

Exfoliating Too Often

A great way to remove dead skin cells, and improve the overall health of your skin is to apply an exfoliating scrub. Exfoliating your skin too often however, can lead to dry and irritated cells, which in turn causes inflammation and an overproduction of oil. Again, it is this excess oil that will clog your pores and may lead to an acne breakout. Exfoliating scrubs should be used only once or twice a week, depending on your skin type.

Eliminating stubborn acne doesn’t have to be a pain. Hawaii Skin & Vein offers treatments, such as Spectra Peel Treatment for Acne, which will leave your skin beautiful and blemish-free. Please call us at (808) 949-8346 or contact us here to schedule your free, no-hassle consultation. 

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