11 Surprising Reasons You Still Have Acne Despite Trying to Get Rid of It
1. Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack
If you have persistent acne, it might be worth it to get some blood work done as a way of seeing what’s going on internally. As Kristina Goldenberg, of Goldenberg Dermatology in NYC tells Bustle, ” A good skin care routine may not be enough to control acne if a woman’s hormone levels are out of norm. Evaluating levels of different hormones can help determine the cause.”
Blood work might also reveal an underlying condition that’s contributing to your acne, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. “Conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, hidradenitis suppurativa [a skin condition that can cause small lumps under the skin], or an overproducing pituitary gland can be the cause of acne that defies conventional treatment,” Dr. Franziska Ringpfeil, of Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, tells Bustle. If that ends up being the case, your doctor can prescribe treatments to even out your hormones, and reduce your acne.
2. You’re Accidentally Consuming Steroids
What you have for breakfast each morning can play a role, too. So if you eat or drink the same thing every single day, it may help to think about the effect it’s having on your body.
Take protein shakes for example. “It’s important to remember that many protein shakes have trace amount of steroids that may cause breakouts. That may be another reason for persistent breakouts,” Goldenberg says. “Unfortunately it’s trace amounts, so it’s often not listed or mentioned in the labels. So I often just tell my patients to stop all protein shakes if the acne is persistent.” By making a few lifestyle changes, and going for foods and drinks that are more organic, you might notice a big difference.