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Why does it sometimes feel like no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of your acne? This can especially be frustrating when you’re a teen! With all the selfies you snap, you likely want your complexion to look as healthy—and pimple-free—as possible. To truly put together a targeted skin care routine that’ll help you achieve clearer skin, it’s important to get to the root of the issue and understand what causes acne in the first place.
You probably already know that excessive oiliness and the buildup of dirt and makeup in your pores can lead to breakouts, but what about some of the more unexpected reasons why you have acne? Here are three surprising causes of acne you may not have given much thought to before.
1. You’re On Your Cell Phone All the Time
Do you start chatting on the phone as soon as you get home from school or work? Well, your cell phone could be to blame for your breakout. Think about it: Your cell phone is probably pretty dirty. Throughout the day, makeup, dirt, oils, and bacteria can build up on the screen as you text and call your BFFs—and this can all be transferred to your face and clog your pores, leading to breakouts. Make sure to stash a screen-cleansing towelette in your bag so that you can wipe down your phone’s screen on the go before placing a call.
2. Your Shampoo and Conditioner Are Clogging Your Pores
You may not give all that much thought to how you shower, but it turns out that your shampoo and conditioner could be clogging your pores and leading to acne. These hair care products are often formulated with ingredients such as silicones and moisturizers that can clog your pores. When you wash them out of your hair, they likely slide down your chest and back before they reach the drain, and this can leave you with body acne. The products can get onto your face, too, when you rinse them out. The next time you wash your hair, try to tilt your head so that when you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner, it doesn’t land on your face, chest, or back.
3. You Keep Picking at Your Pimples
We know, it’s tempting to squeeze or pop pimples to make them go away immediately—but this can actually do more harm than good in the long run. For starters, your hands pick up germs as you go about your day, and when you touch a pimple, those germs can be transferred to your face—and this can lead to more acne. Popping pimples can also lead to scars. It’s best to keep your hands off and let a zit heal in its own time. You can use spot treatments to help speed up the process or visit a derm for a professional treatment if at-home acne-clearing methods aren’t working for you.
At home, make sure to wash your face morning and night—but no more often than that, because over-cleansing can lead to irritation. Pair a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with an Acne Cleansing brush head to gently remove trouble-causing debris from your pores and set a clean canvas for better product absorption.