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Breakout Culprits

Avoid sudden breakouts by being vigilant of these sneaky acne triggers.

Imagine waking up on a perfectly beautiful day only to find a brand new pimple on your face. Major buzz kill! You'll probably wonder where it came from or what you did wrong. You can blame it on hormones or sheer bad luck, but these breakouts are actually caused by some of the things you use everyday.

The most common culprit is your cell phone. Think about it; you use it all day which makes it an easy breeding ground for bacteria. When you answer a call, the germs transfer to your face. Tip: disinfect your phone’s screen regularly with a cloth or cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Another cause is makeup. Most products tend to clog your pores, so it will be helpful to use brands that are non-comedogenic or oil-free. You should also wash your makeup brushes once a week to prevent bacteria from spreading.

When you’re in a public gym, make sure you wipe the yoga mat before using it. Better yet, bring your own mat which you can clean after every use. Sharing sweat with strangers will do you no favors.

Breakouts are also caused by dandruff and hair styling products, particularly around your hairline and forehead.

And last but not least, your own two hands. "Resting your chin on your hand while you work, pressing your cell phone on your chin, or wearing tight clothing can all contribute to acne," says dermatologist Ava Shamban, author of Heal Your Skin. As much as possible, avoid touching your face and use a ponytail or headband to keep your hair away.

Source: Yahoo! Health

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