Blame your phone
Another reason to break your phone addiction: If you hold your phone on your cheek while you talk, the accumulated dirt and sweat can cause acne in those areas, Dr Kazin says. You may also have a mild reaction to the metal in your tech, causing a rash or acne-like bumps, Dr Peredo adds. The solution is simple – use a speakerphone or headset for long conversations and keep your phone and your hands away from your face as much as possible.
It’s the way you brush your teeth
Some people just have highly reactive skin and may get breakouts or rashes from additives, like fragrances or preservatives, in self-care products such as perfume, lotions or even toothpaste, Dr Linden says. These reactions can cause pimples or red bumps that look like acne. Pay close attention to your skin whenever you introduce a new product in your routine so you can pinpoint what is causing the problem, she says.
It’s your supplement
It’s not just food that triggers acne; supplements can as well, Dr Peredo says. This is especially true for supplements that contain a lot of different ingredients, like those marketed for weight loss or bodybuilding. “Certain supplements can affect your hormonal balance which can lead to breakouts,” explains Dr Peredo. Always talk to your doctor before starting a supplement as they can cause health issues beyond acne and may interfere with other medications.
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