Does it seem like all of a sudden your face is breaking out? You had clear skin a week ago, and now you have a minefield of zits. All you want to do is pick your zits and scrub away all your pimples to get clear skin again. Picking your zits is probably the worst thing you could do to your face during a breakout, not only could you be pushing bacteria back down in your pore, but you can scar from picking. In all honesty, it’s hard not to pick at your pimples. It takes some major self-control not to pick your zits! Let’s talk about what could be causing the sudden breakout, and what you can do to get rid of unwanted acne.

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What Could Be Causing Your Breakout?

Your Diet

There are foods that can irritate your skin and cause you to breakout. Dairy, sugar, and processed foods are the most common foods that trigger a breakout. Try finding alternative dairy products, limit your sugar intake, and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. On another note, there are some foods that are considered “healthy,” but could be causing you to breakout. Some bottled water brands contain acne triggering ingredients such as sodium and potassium, so be sure to look at the label on your water bottle. Kombucha is all the rave right now, but it’s actually high in sugar and histamines, which can irritate acne-prone skin. Nightshade veggies like peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes contain solanine, which has been linked to inflammation that triggers acne. Spicy foods can cause a pH imbalance in the body resulting in a breakout. Bottom line – acne is an inflammatory condition, so avoid foods that are high in histamines (dairy, wine, beer, and fermented foods), sodium, sugar, and processed foods.


If you are under stress with school, work, relationships, or just life, your body will produce stress hormones leading to an increase in cortisol in your body triggering your pores to produce testosterone. This increase in testosterone stimulates your pores to produce more oil – meaning clogged pores.

The Sun

There are many contradicting beliefs about the sun improving acne or making your acne worse. Neither is true! It’s actually either the sunscreen that has pore-clogging ingredients or the fact that if you are in the sun you are probably sweating, which leads to excess salt on your skin. Whether you are in direct sun or not, it is important to wear sunscreen every day, but avoid sunscreens that contain pore-clogging ingredients. If you are concerned about choosing an acne-safe sunscreen, our Skin+ Silk 40 or UV Daily 30 sunscreens don’t have any pore-clogging ingredients. With these sunscreens, you can protect your skin and not worry about a breakout!

Laundry Detergent

Fragrances and dyes in laundry detergent can irritate the skin. Dryer sheets especially can clog your pores with the waxy residue they leave on your sheets and clothes. Choose laundry detergent that is fragrance-free and dye-free, as well as alternatives to dryer sheets such as vinegar, baking soda, or dryer balls.

Your Skincare or Makeup

Many makeups and skincare lines contain pore-clogging ingredients. Some of the most popular pore-clogging ingredients are Algae Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Coconut Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Stearic Acid, and more. Be sure to check your product labels for these ingredients. If you don’t feel like researching every ingredient listed on your beauty products, check out our Skin+ products and Carly Pilar makeup line that doesn’t contain any pore-clogging ingredients.


When you sweat, dirt, bacteria, and iodide from your pores expel on to the surface of your skin, causing irritation if not immediately whisked away. Be sure to clean your face with water, face wash, or a face wipe immediately after sweating. To learn more about sweat, pop on over to our blog post – “Sweat! Tips & Tricks for Summer.

What to do When You Are Breaking Out

  1. Wash your face morning and night. Use a gentle cleanser, like our Pro B5 wash, and avoid over scrubbing your face. Using harsh exfoliating products or rough washcloths can cause more damage to your skin. So, ditch those scrub brushes and walnut scrubs!
  2. Stop picking your pimples and touching your face. Bacteria and oils from your fingers can cause more flare-ups and scarring.
  3. Moisturize your skin with an acne-safe moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Sometimes the products we use on our face can cause dehydration and dryness. Dehydrated skin does not evenly shed surface skin cells, leading to clogged pores. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to reduce acne flare-ups.
  4. Exercise to detoxify your body and skin. Sweating allows your pores to excrete the dirt and bacteria deep in the pore. Just be sure to clean your face immediately after sweating.

If your breakout persists don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our Skin Coaches. Our Skin Coaches will determine the root cause of your breakouts, create a personalized treatment plan to get rid of your acne, and answer any questions or concerns. We are here to help you feel confident in your skin!

Carly @ Austin Skin Plus