Makeup 101: Why Breakouts Happen

acne1Sometimes it seems like your skin has a mind of its own, (an evil mind that wants to ruin parties, dances and dates). Remember that episode of Family Guy where Chris’s zit takes over his life and tries to kill him? Yeah I feel like my zits do a similar thing sometimes. And I would love to make it stop. Now.

You’ve probably heard lots of different reasons regarding why your face turns on you at whim, and some of it is probably true, but there are also some awful skin myths out there.

First of all, you’re not going to get breakouts from eating chocolate (or french fries)! The Vegetable Association of America made this up to scare you into staying away from delicious foods. Sure, if you ate chocolate for 3 meals a day for a week, your body’s natural balance would be thrown off, and yah, you’d probably breakout. But if you consume a normal amount of sweets, you’re fine. The reason greasy foods are associated with breakouts is because people tend to eat more of them when they are stressed. (You know you eat way more Reese’s cups when you are stressing over a big test.)

This leads me to my next point, which is that stress does cause breakouts. According to The Acne Resource Center Online, stress causes the adrenal glands to produce more hormones. The site also states that “It has also been established that psychological stress can decrease the wound healing capacity of immune systems up to 40%. This factor doubles the impact of stress on acne.” So when you’re stressed, you breakout, causing more stress, and prolonging the breakups. Great, right?

So stress produces more hormones, which produces more acne, but there are also other sources of hormones that produce acne. Your period creates elevated levels of hormones and so does birth control changes. Oftentimes birth control lessens acne, but some girls see an increase. More commonly, breakouts occur when a pill prescription is changed and hormone levels are increased.

Heredity also plays a part in breakouts, (yup, you can blame your parents for your pesky pimples). And, unfortunately, that is something that you can never change. Nope, not even getting older will help; there is no such thing as “growing out of acne.” (Please don’t hate me for that news – I’m only the messenger!)

So I guess I didn’t really tell you anything you can do to prevent zits, because there isn’t that much you can do, but – hey – now you know! Wash your face, but don’t scrub too hard; use non-pore clogging makeup; and try to de-stress. But other than that, there is no surefire way to prevent acne.

Don’t let this news stress you out (you might break out); there is some good news! You can eat that Kit-Kat and not feel guilty about it. And there is always spot treatments and cover up.

Does that help? Maybe just a little?



  1. Samantha says:

    "So when you’re stressed, you breakout, causing more stress, and prolonging the breakups."

    That was a pretty funny typo. You get stressed -> you get zits -> you get stressed -> your bf breaks up with you.

    ;) Good article though and I liked the Family Guy reference.

  2. Meagan - Mizzou says:

    I've had acne since third grade (just little blackheads back then, but within two years I started getting actual acne), which is almost 13 years. That's tough for anyone, let me tell you.

    While all your advice is good, I HIGHLY recommend this site:

    It is a completely free site to sign up for and they aren't trying to sell you anything (though you can read reviews and buy products through them). It's a forum where you can tell about your experiences and get advice on different products. It's amazing.

    It hasn't COMPLETELY cleared my acne, but I created a new routine for myself (Olay face wash, Witch Hazel astringent, 3.5% benzoyl peroxide ointment, and a light Neutrogena moisturizer on top) that has significantly smoothed my skin and cut my breakouts by more than half.

    Just give it a shot for yourself. AND REMEMBER, when you begin a new regime, your skin will probably get worse before it gets better. This can take a few weeks, but is COMPLETELY normal and shows that the products are working.


  3. Erin says:

    I hate when people would say it when i was a kid, they would say it was chocolate or greasy food to me, like, yes thanks for pointing out that I’m a 10 year old who weighs 120lbs and has lots of pimples, thanks. Not only did you tell me I’m fat-ass but also remind me of the pimples and zits on my face. It’s finially time people realized it’s from your entire diet not just a snack, that you need lots of veggies and water. Water to flush out toxins and veggies for their vitamins which will make you skin clearer. As for out growing acne, you don’t, I’m 23 and I’ve had acne since I was 8. My mother and aunt still have it, they are in their 40’s. The only thing to do is to eat healthy food for the vitamins and take care of your skin, a little time spent in the sun can help clear up or skin. But as most women know the best way to get “rid” of it is a liquid make up and a stick of concealer.

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