Worried About Your Quarantine Pimple Breakouts? Here’s What May Be Causing It



Have you been breaking out lately and don’t know what’s causing it most especially in quarantine? Before you frown, we’re here to answer and give a solution to your pimple problems.

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Over the past few months of quarantine, your body may have been adjusting to your new daily habits. Sure, you may be at the comfort of your home, relaxed as ever, but there’s no denying that the feeling of isolation and uncertainty can cause stress, which then can manifest itself in your skin, hence, the pimple breakouts.

There could be other factors causing your acne breakouts. Have you been cooking more foods that are rich in sugar? Have you stayed too long in confinement that your skin hasn’t gotten the properties and vitamins from the sun? Have you been neglecting your sunscreen because you aren’t leaving the house anyway?

If you’re guilty as charged, let’s break this down one by one.

We talked to a professional dermatologist, Dr. Anna Liza Yalung, to answer some of your acne concerns, and here’s what we learned:

1. Your body is adjusting to your new diet

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Sugar, white bread, potatoes, soft drinks, and white rice are highly glycemic foods that increase the incidence of acne. According to Dr. Yalung, these kinds of food cause a spike in the body’s blood sugar, which researchers have found to cause inflammation and an increase in sebum production.  These, in turn, can lead to acne. Studies have also shown that high consumption of cow’s milk may be linked to acne breakouts. Although it is still not clear how this happens, scientists believe that hormones found in cow’s milk cause inflammation inside the body which could lead to acne.

The solution:

Exchange your white bread to wheat bread, your white rice to brown or red rice, sugary foods to sweet fruits, and stop neglecting your greens.

2. Your face mask might be causing your breakouts

Dr. Yalung mentioned a specific type of acne that dermatologists refer to as acne mechanica. This is a type of acne that is triggered when the skin is rubbed or pressed against heavy clothing or protective gear. The lesions look like those occurring on the face but are found in areas of friction, pinching, or occlusion. This may occur in individuals without pre-existing acne.

The solution:

Clean your face thoroughly every morning and night. Cleanliness is vital when you get up and go to bed to keep your skin healthy. For those with occurring acne, we use an acne liquid cleanser or sulfur soap with a balanced formulation. We recommend Oxecure.ph’s Facial Liquid Cleanser (P339) and Sulfur Soap (P79/30g; P249/100g).

3. You’re changing your skincare products too often

It’s important to remember that in order to see improvements on your skin, you have to use it continuously for 6-8 weeks. Dr. Yalung noted that frequently changing the medication because no satisfactory results are seen after one week (or 2 weeks) of use is highly discouraged. Acne lesions increasing at the start of treatment is a common finding, but that should not discourage you from continuously using the medication. Let your skin get used to it. Unless, of course, you have an allergic reaction or irritation.

The solution:

The best product or ingredient to use when targeting acne marks are topical retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids. The use of sunscreen (lightweight, oil-free) is also encouraged. We recommend trying out Oxecure Acne Clear Potion (P349) that has 2% salicylic acid for sensitive skin. It can be effective in fighting blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of blemishes.

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4. Your sleeping habits are inconsistent

One of the main acne triggers is sleep deprivation or not getting a night of good sleep. Because working from home gives you a more flexible schedule, sometimes, you don’t realize that your routine of sleeping late–or oversleeping has consequences to your skin. Remember that sleep is a form of beauty regimen and poor sleep causes your skin to swell.

The solution:

Fix your body clock and get at least eight hours of sleep. Sometimes it helps to get up early in the morning and try not to take naps in the middle of the day to fix your sleeping schedule. It’s difficult, we know, but doing training your body to do so will do wonders in this blur of a time we exist in.

5. Your room temperature is too high or too cold

It’s the hottest season of the year in our country and naturally, you’re either dying from heat or trying to battle it with air conditioning. Either way, it could trigger your acne because the combination of sweat, heat, and friction can lead to clogging of pores. Plus, sweat on your skin may keep acne-causing bacteria in place. On the contrary, spending too much time in an air conditioned space can cause your skin to dry up. And when your skin is lacking in moisture, it starts to overproduce natural oil to try and rebalance itself. If you are prone to breakouts, this excess oil will lead to spots and blemishes as pores become blocked with sebum.

The solution:

Because you’re spending most of your time in your bedroom now, remember to change your bedsheets and pillowcases often to keep it clean. If you’re having bacne problems, we recommend this Body Acne Spray (P279/25ml; P459/50ml). And most importantly, drink eight glasses of water to keep yourself hydrated.

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