Dermatologists say our modern lifestyle is a zit-producing nightmare! So, which factors are causing our outbreak of breakouts?
- Our increasing use of prescription meds! Lithium, steroids like Prednisone, antidepressants and ADHD pills list acne as a potential side effect.
- Our desire to cut fat by drinking skim milk! Not all dairy has a negative effect on the face but researchers have found that there’s a link between skim milk and blemishes. Because it triggers higher levels of a growth factor called IGF-1, which is similar to insulin. So, if you’ve got zits, skip the skim and try soy or almond milk instead.
- Our cell phones! If you’re breaking out on one cheek more than the other – it may be the side on which you hold your phone to your face! Because our phones are a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Gluten. It can cause an upset stomach. There’s a link between digestive health and acne. See a gastroenterologist for your stomach trouble and your face might clear up too.
So, what does not cause acne? Stress. Stress by itself isn’t enough to make your face break out.