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Skin Saboteurs: 5 Sneaky Culprits Causing Breakouts

By January 27, 2014Featured, Home, Skin Care

If you suffer from acne then you’ve probably had those moments where you just want to SCREAM from frustration. Despite your best efforts, those annoying bumps just won’t disappear! If you think you’ve tried everything to no avail, you may be plagued by these 5 common skin saboteurs:


1. Dirty, Rotten Pillow Cases. Okay, maybe that’s too extreme. Pillow cases are, however, a huge culprit when it comes to acne. Think about it:

Throughout the day your hair absorbs hair product,  sweat and oil.  The moment you lay your precious head on your pillow, you are transferring all of that funky gunk from your hair onto the pillow case. Let’s not forget any left over makeup may get transferred, as well! Let’s say you continue to sleep on this pillow for about one week or so. As your delicate face comes in contact with this bacteria and oil, your pores become clogged and blemishes form. AKA Acne Mechanica.

TRY THIS:  Try washing your pillow cases a few times a week. In fact, you can get a little crazy and change your sheets, too! (Sheets need love, people!). While washing your linens, look for a detergent meant for senstive skin to prevent further irritation. To make life easier, have about 3 or 4 pillow cases on hand for easy changing!


2. Unwashed Hair. Much like those dirty, rotten pillow cases, unwashed hair can be detrimental for the face. This recently dawned on me when the lovely woman who does my brows asked how often I washed my hair. She looked startled  stunned mortified when I disclosed my secret hair washing schedule.

At the time, I was only washing my hair about 2 or 3 times per week. If you have  naturally curly hair, you can probably relate. I mean, isn’t shampoo just awful for our delicate locks?! Well, simply put, it isn’t. Depending on the shampoo you use, your natural hair shouldn’t suffer at all with increased usage! Again, this all depends on the shampoo you are using and how are washing your hair!

TRY THIS: I started using an all-natural shampoo bar filled with wonderful oils every other day and noticed improvements within one week. ONE WEEK, people!  Since I increased my shampoo usage, I thought it would only make sense to make other changes:

  • I prevented my hair from touching my cheeks/forehead throughout the day
  • I amped up my deep conditioning routine to 2x week

Since making these changes my skin has been clearer than ever. Some nights I can even skip a spot treatment! Woo!


3. Look Ma! No Hands! Does anyone else CRINGE when they see someone touching their face? Touching your face with dirty hands is the ultimate no-no. Just think about how much your hands come in contact with while at work or at the gym.

The moment you lean your face on your hands or wipe sweat from your forehead, you have transferred that happy dirt and oil from your hands onto your face.

TRY THIS: Avoid touching your face at all costs. If you must touch your face, make sure your hands are clean! My advice? If you wouldn’t lick your hand that very moment, then you shouldn’t be touching you face!


4. Makeup Brushes. It’s no secret that our makeup brushes can harbor nasty bacteria that can lead to breakouts. I noticed breakouts in the same spot I where I would apply blush. Coincidence? I think not! Our makeup brushes pick up the dirt and oil on our skin after each use. When using the brush, this dirt and oil is transferred back onto the skin, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts.

TRY THIS: Sanitize your makeup brush  after each use. Don’t worry–this is easier than it sounds. Simply spritz the brush with rubbing alcohol. Wipe off any makeup and allow to dry. Once a week, give your brush a deep cleaning with water and a gentle cleanser.


5. Cell Phones. It’s safe to say my cell phone has been in contact with the ground more times than my own feet. Okay, slight exaggeration but you get the picture. Throughout the day our phones come in contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria: the ground, our hands, purses etc. Once you make or receive a phone call, your cell phone, that is now covered in dirt and oil, presses against your face! Eek! The combination of dirt, oil and pressure from your phone is the perfect combination for breakouts.

TRY THIS: Clean your phone once a day. At the end of the day, I carefully use a sanitizing wipe to remove any dirt and bacteria that may have built up during the day. Also, try to avoid pressing your phone against your cheek when talking.


By avoiding this skin saboteurs completely, my skin has improved drastically. What is your favorite way to save your skin from the dreaded skin saboteurs??

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

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