4 Unexpected Causes of Acne

As a plant-based vegan with a raging sweet tooth, I spend 75% of my days fighting the urge to eat cupcakes and brownies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “It’s mind over matter”, is what I say to myself as I slowly back away from the dessert display case at my favorite little vegan bakery.  With all of my efforts and using only plant based skin care products, I still suffer from random breakouts.  There’s no way all those pesky breakouts are diet related. Here are 5 unexpected causes of acne:

1. Pillowcases - Pillowcases are a petri dish full of dead skin cells, product residue, and drool. A literal cesspool of bacteria, which can cause clogged pores and cause breakouts.  Try changing your pillowcase every couple nights to prevent the breakouts.

2. Cellphone - So apparently, your cell phone is one of the dirtiest objects you come into contact with on a daily basis. According to the city of Cleveland’s Department of Public Health, the handle on a public bathroom is cleaner than our cell phones, with 33,000 colony forming units while public bathroom handles only have 4.  Imagine putting all of that on your face.  Scary, right?! Try wiping down your cell phone screen with an alcohol pad daily to kill the bacteria  and prevent any breakouts.

3. Sunglasses - I don’t know about you, but when I wear sunglasses my face always seems to sweat more.  All that dirt and sweat bacteria gets trapped right  in that area that covers the bridge of your nose, which can result in breakouts along the your nose and cheek.  Try using  those alcohol pads to wipe down your shades and kill the bacteria.

4. Bath Towel - Your bath towel, much like your pillowcase, is covered in dead skin cells, product residue, and dirt from wiping your hands. If your also using this towel on your face, imagine how much of that you transferred to your face?! Consider using a separate tool for your face ONLY!

Perryn Ford