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Having acne can be frustrating, but we’re convinced that it is 100% your fault. Here’s 10 reasons why we’re blaming your acne on you, not so-called “legitimate” reasons such as hormones, genetics, or whatever.

1. You’re not drinking enough water. Drinking enough water is essential for keeping your skinand the rest of your bodyhealthy and hydrated. When you dont drink enough water, your skin can become dry, tight, and more prone to breakouts.

2. You’re drinking too much water. Drinking too much water can cause an imbalance in your electrolytes and cause malabsorption of certain minerals that are key in maintaining good skin health.

3. You’re eating too much sugar: A diet high in refined sugars can cause inflammation and lead to cell damage, which can trigger breakouts.

4. You’re not eating enough sugar and simple carbs. Certain specialised diets such as keto can cause acne breakouts! You might want to reconsider changing your diet, or your existence entirely if you want to get rid of acne.

5. Youre not getting enough sleep: Sleep is important for overall health, but its also crucial for keeping your skin looking its best. When you dont get enough sleep, your body produces more stress hormones that can increase oil production and lead to breakouts.

6. You’re getting too much sleep. This can throw your hormones off-balance, leading to an increase in androgens which can increase sebum production, leading to oilier skin that is acne-prone.

7. Youre touching your face too much: Touching your face transfers dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hands to your face, which can clog pores and cause breakouts.

8. You’re not touching your face enough. Touching your face in a massage can stimulate blood circulation which can help acne scars fade. We suggest using a caffeinated cream which can stimulate blood circulation, but it can also keep you awake way past midnight so you’ll need to toss a coin on that.

9. You’re exfoliating too much or too little: Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. However, if you exfoliate too often or too harshly, you can damage the healthy cells underneath, leading to inflammation and breakouts. On the other hand, if you don’t exfoliate, dirt and sebum can get trapped in your pores, causing acne.

10. You’re either eating too much broccoli or not enough of it. Nutrition is crucial in combating acne and you’re just doing it all wrong.

The article text was generated in part with GPT-3, a language-generation AI. It was rewritten or edited upon review. The author takes full responsibility for the content of this publication.

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