Looking good helps you feel good, and when your skin is smooth and healthy you are probably more confident and feel better in your own skin. This is why acne breakouts can really put a damper on your day. One little zit can be easy to ignore, but when you have a full blown breakout, it can be harder to look past those pesky blemishes.

Your breakouts may be pretty common or they may happen once every few months, but either way they are annoying. Your diet, lifestyle, and other factors may be causing your breakouts, allowing your skin to give you a sign that something is off. Listening to these signs can help you to reduce the amount of breakouts your experience.

The problem is trying to figure out why you are breaking out and what is causing your skin to freak out. Sometimes it is hard to determine what is causing your acne to flare up, especially during the holiday season. Stress and sugar are very common during this time of year, but those are not the only causes of breakouts.

Knowing your skin and why you are experiencing breakout can help you to better control those breakouts. But where to start? At Azeal Dermatology Institute, we can help you to understand your skin better and what is causing your breakouts. We can help you to treat your acne and other skin problems, leaving your skin looking and feeling healthier than ever.

In this blog, we will go over some of the reasons you may be breaking out and how to tell what is causing your breakouts. Read on to learn more and better understand how to care for your skin.

There are many different things that can cause you to breakout, from stress to your shampoo, you may not realize your everyday routine is causing your skin to show some flaws. Some of the reasons you may be breaking out include:


Stress is a big factor and cause for breakouts, which is why we are covering this zit-causing  issue first. Stress is not only causes skin problems, but it can also cause a ton of health issues. Basically, you need to find a way to deal with your stress and help your body relax a little bit. The level of cortisol in your skin increases with stress. This increase causes oil glands to produce more oil, as well as inflammation, which results in a break out.

Reducing your stress can help to keep your skin clearer and you healthier overall. Stress cannot be avoided altogether, but it can be managed in many different ways—meditating, working out, relaxing, spending time doing a hobby, and calming yourself down are all good ways to handle stress. Learn how to deal with your stress and enjoy clearer skin and a healthier body.


The foods you eat affect everything from your body to your skin and hair. But we are talking about skin and breakouts, so don’t worry about the others at this moment. We all know that eating a lot of sugar can cause breakouts, but did you know other types of foods can cause breakouts as well. A PopSugar article mentions a few other food types that can cause breakouts. Dairy, caffeine, soy, and sugar are some of the big ones to stay away from for clear skin and less breakouts. These foods won’t cause your face to freak out when consumed in moderation, but if you start noticing more breakouts, think about your diet and make some changes. Some foods that are good for your skin include salmon, dark leafy greens, and green tea.


You come in contact with different bacterias everyday and your face is no exception. There are many ways to transfer bacteria to your face and you may be doing one of them right now. Touching your face too much is a great way spread bacteria to your flawless skin and cause it to be no so flawless. Touching your face develops breakouts, so as hard as it may be, try to not touch your face constantly throughout the day.

Hats can also cause bacteria to transfer to your face and leave your with a breakout. The rim of your hat collects and traps sweat and bacteria against your skin, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

Your hands and hats are not the only thing that contain bacteria, your bed sheets and bath towels may as well. If you don’t wash your sheets enough or at least change your pillowcases, you may be noticing breakouts. Change your pillowcases at least one to two times per week for a clearer face. Your towels can get gross too, constantly being exposed to moisture and left to hang dry. Swap your bath towel out once a week. By doing these things, you should notice a face with less breakouts.

These are not all of the causes for your acne breakouts, but they are some of the most common. We are now going to go over the different breakout areas and what they may be trying to tell you.


According to an article from Annmarie, pimples on your chin generally show up during hormonal changes. For women, this could be around the time they start their period. Take extra care of your skin during this time and change your diet to try and regulate hormonal cycles. But this is not the only cause of chin breakouts. As mentioned above, your hands may be the culprit. If you rest your chin in your hands a lot throughout the day, you may be causing the breakouts. Be aware of touching your face too much.


Breakouts on your cheek may be caused by respiratory issues. These can be pollution and/or allergies. If you have spent a lot of time in polluted air, you may notice more breakouts. The air in your home may be no better than the outdoors, so make sure you take some steps to purify the air in your home. Buy house plants that clean the air, buy air purifiers, and be sure to change filters in your home. These small steps can help to lessen the amount of breakouts you get. Talking on your phone a lot can also become a problem. Your phone is not as clean as you may assume, so holding it against your cheek can cause breakouts. Wash your face before going to bed to help stop any bacteria from causing breakouts.


The foods you are eating may be causing your forehead to breakout. But not in the way you are thinking. Forehead breakouts are a sign of a digestive problem and that your body may be having trouble breaking down certain foods. Eat more fruits and veggies to help with this issues and maybe try cutting wheat, dairy, or other allergens out of your diet. A forehead breakout could be a sign that you have some type of food intolerance.

Between the Brows

Acne between your brows could be a sign that your liver is having a problem. This may be caused by too much fast food or alcohol. Try changing your diet and seeing if there is a change.

There are the most common places that breakouts pop up. So, be aware of your diet and what is going on in your life when acne shows up on your face. It could be more than just sugar or stress. If you need additional information about your breakouts and skin, contact Azeal Dermatology Institute. We can help you learn more about your skin type and how to care for it in the best ways, as well as what is causing you to break out. Schedule an appointment today and learn how to keep your skin looking flawless.