What Could Be Causing Acne Breakouts

Acne can be hard to treat. You may have tried multiple acne treatments, yet your skin is still aggravated. While you are taking the right steps with trying to find the acne treatment that will help to clear your acne, there are quite a few things that contribute to acne breakouts that you may not even realize.

1. Skin Care Products That Clog Your Pores

There are certain ingredients in your skin care products that are known for clogging pores and causing breakouts. While it may be difficult to remember and look for the certain ingredients that are “pore cloggers,” looking for products that are “non-comedogenic” will make it a lot easier. “Non-comedogenic” means that it does not clog pores. This will ensure that the products you are using are not making your acne worse.

2. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Leaving your makeup on overnight will hinder your skin’s renewal and clog your pores. Bacteria will then build up and cause inflammation, which can lead to acne. It is very important to make sure you are washing your face before bed, no matter how tired you may be! Your skin will thank you.

3. Your Pillowcase

Speaking of nighttime, it’s important to think about where your face is laying for the 7-8 hours you sleep at night. Your pillow can accumulate bacteria, dust and dead skin cells. It is important to wash your pillowcase as often as possible!

4. The Sun

While being in the sun increases your risk for developing skin cancer, it can also cause oil glands to become overactive, which can then lead to breakouts. Choosing an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen will help protect your skin without causing a break out. 

5. An Unhealthy Diet

What you eat changes the consistency of the oil on your skin, making it more likely to clog pores. Some food also tips your skin’s natural balance in a way that flares acne. Sticking to a healthy, low-fat, low-sugar diet will lessen flare-ups and make it easier to control with acne treatments.

6. Your Beauty Tools

Everything that comes in contact with your skin should be cleaned often to keep bacteria levels low. This includes any skin care devices, makeup brushes and even your phone screen. If you’re not cleaning your makeup brushes, try out our NEW H&H Science Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner. With this proper cleaning, your brushes are guaranteed to last longer than ever before, while preventing bacteria buildup. 

Step 1: Wet your brush’s bristles under a running faucet with lukewarm water

Step 2: Use a gentle soap and lather on your makeup brush 

Step 3: Gently scrub makeup brush on Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner

Step 4: Rinse the brush by scrubbing on the Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner under running water

Step 5: Squeeze excess water from brush, reshape and lay flat on a clean surface to dry

Tips For Younger-Looking Skin

It is no secret that over time, our skin begins to change. When we were younger, we always wanted to try and make ourselves look older and more mature. Once we hit a certain age, though, we would do anything to turn back the clock and look younger. While it is not possible to prevent aging, we can slow it down or even reverse it to a certain extent.

1. Do Not Smoke

Smoking can accelerate the aging process, along with the many other damaging effects it has on your health. It can destroy key elements that maintain a youthful appearance, such as collagen, elastin and tissue.

2.Limit Exposure to the Sun

The sun’s UV rays account for up to 80% of visible signs of aging! It’s very important to protect your skin from the sun in all four seasons. Not only will this protection help fight the risk of skin cancer, but it will also help prevent premature skin aging.

3.Get Your Beauty Sleep

You are probably tired of being told how important it is to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Although it may be hard with busy schedules, when you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin can begin aging faster. You will start seeing dark circles, breakouts, wrinkles, bags under your eyes and sagging skin.


4.Follow a Skin Care Regimen

Not only should you establish a skin care regimen that you follow every day, but it should also be a regimen specific to your skin type. Your skin needs a unique regimen that will work for you and your skin. Finding out your skin type and which products work best for you is simple- just schedule a Skin Consultation with us!

5.Consider Taking Supplements

Supplements and Vitamins are designed to give your body the key nutrients to nourish your skin from the inside out. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Vitamins help promote skin radiance and helps to maintain a more youthful and healthy appearance.

We may not be able to go back in time and look younger, but with these tips, it is possible to diminish some effects of aging, and even prevent premature aging from happening. It is important to know that taking care of your body and health does more than help internally. Your health does have an incredible impact on your skin!

5 Tips for Smooth Skin

Over time, many factors are to blame for the loss of your skin’s smoothness, such as stress, rays from the sun, pollution, dehydration, or even just aging. Not only can these factors affect the smoothness of your skin, but it also makes it more susceptible to wrinkles, age spots, bruises, rough or dry patches, blemishes and a loss of elasticity. Although it is an impossible task for us to regain the baby-soft skin from our childhood, there are still ways to get smoother and healthier skin as an adult.

1.  Start from within

Antioxidants are crucial to combat loss of collagen, premature aging and other health concerns. Adding berries and subtracting sugary treats will aid in improving the visible signs of aging, and help to reveal a more youthful appearance. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for smooth and radiant skin.

2. Practice a healthy lifestyle

Regular physical activity helps regulate the hormones that are significant in your skin, prevents free-radical damage, while also reducing inflammation. Other than exercise, it is important to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This rejuvenates not only your body, but your skin as well.


3. Stick to a cleansing routine

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Remove makeup with a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner to remove any dirt, oil, cleanser or makeup left behind, and then moisturize. You only need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production. It is important to also note that over-washing can cause excess oil production, which can lead to breakouts.

4. Hydrate your skin

Using creams and serums with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E help nourish your skin, leaving it healthier looking and smooth.


5. Take your vitamins

While the vitamins in your skincare products are important, it is also essential that you are putting vitamins and minerals into your body as well. Vitamins A, C, D and E work from the inside to clear and nourish the skin, while protecting it from a wide variety of skin issues. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Formula is formulated to help maintain a youthful and healthier appearance, as well as providing other anti-aging benefits.


7 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day for Clear Skin

Clear skin is something that we all strive for. Not only does your skin impact your self-confidence, but it also influences your social habits, psyche and can trigger anxiety. With so many factors working against us—pollution, hormones and other pore-clogging elements, accomplishing the task of clear and blemish-free skin may seem somewhat impossible. Although there are so many harmful skin aggressors surrounding our daily lives, there are, thankfully, a few lifestyle changes that can get your skin back on track. According to dermatologists, here are the top skin care tips to achieve healthy and clear skin.

1. Use an Appropriate Facial Cleanser for your Skin

With so many different cleansers being advertised everywhere we look, it is important that you chose one that is beneficial for your skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin, you must take this into consideration when selecting your everyday facial cleanser. Doing so allows the right balance of ingredients to work its magic and cleanse your skin efficiently and effectively.

Try: H&H Science Facial CleansersBlogCleanser.jpg

2. Use a Sonic Cleansing System

Along with the appropriate facial cleanser for your skin type, using a sonic cleansing system takes off more makeup, bacteria and dirt from your skin, compared to just using the cleanser alone. It provides a deep clean and exfoliates your skin’s surface, leaving your face smoother and softer, ultimately influencing a clearer complexion.

Try: Sonic Cleansing Facial Device

3. Apply Retinoids Before Bed

Retinoids provide a plethora of benefits for your skin, including evening out discoloration and brightening skin tone, reducing wrinkles, preventing fine lines and unclogging pores in order to make them look smaller and reduce acne. Applying a retinoid, which best for those who do not have ultra-sensitive skin,  as part of your nighttime skin care routine can help reduce fine lines, unclog pores and even out your skin tone,  in order to create clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Try: Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum

4. Get a Good Night Sleep

Although we all love sleeping, it isn’t as easy to get the amount sleep as we need in a given night. When you are sleeping, your skin restores itself. Therefore, lack of sleep can lead to a more tired-looking complexion, puffy under-eye bags, dark circles and even breakouts. Creating a nighttime routine that is conducive to relaxing and getting your body ready for a good night sleep can significantly help not only the ease of falling asleep, but also staying asleep through the night.

5. Always Use Sunscreen

While using sunscreen every day and applying it generously is important, many sunscreens are oil-based, which can clog your pores and create new blemishes. Finding a sunscreen that works with your skin type and protects you from not only the sun, but from blemishes as well, is actually easier than you think. Make sure to also choose an SPF that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Try: H&H Science Sheer Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 50+

6. Avoiding Picking, Popping and Poking

We know—it’s hard to resist the urge to pop your pimples. Although this probably isn’t your first time hearing this, a little reminder will hopefully do the trick. Don’t pick, poke or pop your pimples. If you have a blemish that you are desperate to pop, try using a spot treatment or cream instead. Popping will only do harm, while spot treatments are designed to clear existing blemishes and prevent future blemishes from forming.

Try: H&H Science Spot Treatment Gel

7. Use a Toner

If your morning and evening skin care routines don’t already include using a toner, today is the day to start. Choosing a toner with glycolic acid or salicylic acid unclog your pores for clearer skin. Toners can also balance your skin’s natural pH levels, while soothing your complexion and minimizing breakouts.

Try: Salicylic Treatment Pads

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