5 Things You Didn’t Know Are Causing Your Acne

You’ve tried every acne treatment that is on the market – each promising to clear your breakouts. You’ve even avoided certain food choices (that’s right, you turned down that scrumptious-looking piece of pizza last Friday night) to avoid breaking out the next day. It turns out; there are quite a few other items that you might be missing that can contribute to your acne. Listed below are 5 things that may be causing or irritating your breakouts.

 Smartphones, Earbuds and Makeup Tools

Anyone who uses their smartphone is at risk for breakouts. Every time you touch or hold your phone up to your face to make a call, your cellphone picks up makeup, bacteria and dirt and transfers it to different parts of your face. To keep bacterial levels low, be sure to wipe the surface of your phone clean with a simple rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton ball every few days. Same goes for earphones, eyeglasses, and of course, be sure to clean your makeup tools and brushes with brush cleaner frequently.

Your Pillowcase

It’s so easy to forget, but looking at the fact that your face spends at least eight hours of its day every night pressed firmly against your pillowcase, you’re basically lying on a big pile of accumulated dust, bacteria and dead skin cells. It’s crucial that items like towels and pillowcases get washes between uses as they come into repeated contact with your face and are the ideal source of bacteria.

TIP: Consider investing in a silk pillowcase, which not only does wonders for your hair (no more tangled mess in the morning!) and feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud, but it reduces friction on the skin that can irritate acne-prone skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Sleeping With Your Makeup On

It’s a sin if you don’t remove your makeup before bedtime – especially if you have acne-prone skin! Makeup that is left on the skin overnight is one of the largest contributors to clogged pores and hinders skin renewal. By going to sleep with that old layer of makeup, the combination of dirt, bacteria mixed with the oil on your skin can mix to create a lethal concoction that can occlude pores and lead to acne.

TIP: Keep your makeup remover firmly on your bathroom counter where you’ll be reminded to use it before bed each night. With our H&H Science Dual Action Makeup Remover, it only takes one wash to remove all that potential acne-causing makeup.

Face Cleansers Not Suited for Your Skin Type

Finding the correct cleanser for your exact skin type and/or acne-prone skin is half the battle when it comes to having clear skin. Look for acne-fighting ingredients like Benzoyl peroxide to help dry out pimples or if your skin type is oily or normal, salicylic acid is your best friends as it helps to exfoliate blocked pores.

If you aren’t sure what the best cleanser or ingredients are for your specific skin type, visit one of our H&H Science locations or call to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with myself and we will review your skin needs and conditions, determine your exact skin type, and I will create a skin care regimen with the appropriate products that will help your keep your skin clear and clean.


Being physically and mentally burned out can lead to a long list of other issues – such as hair loss, weight gain or most prominently, acne. With having a lot of stress, your insulin levels get thrown off balance, resulting in a hormone imbalance resulting in uneven skin tone, acne and enlarged pores.

It’s important to both recognized with you have a lot of stress going on and know how to reduce it. TIP: Meditation, exercising or simply choosing to say ‘NO’ to something in your life (no, you don’t need to stay late again tonight at work) will help you and your skin.


What do you think? What are your tips for preventing breakouts? Let me know in the comments below!


-XOXO Heather