What Causes Breakouts and How To Avoid Them

Article by Sherrill Daltiz · May 11, 2023

Breakouts are a common skin concern that can affect people of all ages and skin types. They can be frustrating, and embarrassing, and can affect our confidence. Understanding what causes breakouts and how to avoid them can help us take the necessary steps to achieve clear, healthy skin. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common causes of breakouts and provide tips on how to avoid them.

What Causes Breakouts?

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can trigger breakouts in both men and women. For example, during puberty, hormonal changes can cause an increase in oil production, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Similarly, hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause can also lead to breakouts.


A poor diet can contribute to your skin health and breakouts, but it’s not necessarily the main factor. Foods that are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats can increase inflammation and trigger breakouts, especially for those sensitive to certain foods, or for those who experience acne.


Stress can have a significant impact on our skin. When we are stressed, our bodies produce more cortisol, a hormone that can increase oil production and cause breakouts. Stress can also disrupt our sleep, which can affect the health of our skin.

Poor Skincare Habits

Poor skincare habits can be the main cause of breakouts. Habits such as not washing your face before bed, not exfoliating your skin regularly, or using harsh or poor-quality products that strip your skin of its natural oils or clog your pores with inferior ingredients are often fundamental factors. Using dirty makeup brushes or not washing your pillowcases or your hair if you wear a fringe frequently (particularly in summer) can also increase the risk of breakouts as these tend to carry oil and dirt.

How Can You Minimise Breakouts?

There are a number of things you can do to address these issues that cause breakouts. We share some tips for minimising the chance of a breakout.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can play a huge role for many people when it comes to achieving clear, healthy skin – whether you’re looking to avoid breakouts or even combat ageing. Eat foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats, such as fried food and processed food. And drink plenty of water!

Manage Stress

Managing stress is crucial for maintaining clear, healthy skin. Whether it’s work, home life, or a combination of both that is stressing you out, it is important you find a form of stress relief that works for you. It might be something as simple as practicing deep breathing exercises or walking a few times a week, or you find yoga or meditation the key the reducing your stress. Getting enough sleep is one that people overlook but that also plays a huge role in managing stress and promoting the health of your skin.

Practice Good Skincare Habits

To avoid breakouts, it’s essential to have a consistent skincare routine. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, and use non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores (we love Priori & Medik8 products). If you have oily skin, opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser. Be sure to wash your makeup brushes regularly and change your pillowcases at least once a week. A consultation with a skincare professional can help identify the underlying cause of your breakouts, who can then recommend regular skin care treatments and products to help you achieve a clean and clear complexion. 

Ready For Beautiful Skin?

Breakouts can be frustrating, but understanding what causes them and how to avoid them can help you achieve clear, healthy skin. Maintaining a healthy diet, practicing good skincare habits, managing stress, and seeking professional help can all contribute to preventing breakouts. At The Brow & Skin Studio, we offer a number of skin treatments perfect for all skin types, that can be tailored to suit your specific needs. Oxygeneo treatments can help exfoliate, oxygenate, and nourish your skin, while light therapy can help reduce inflammation and promote healing at the cellular level.  Get in touch with Sherril at The Brow & Skin Studio today to book your consultation for personalised skincare advice and treatment options.

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