“What is breaking you out?” is a question many of us ask ourselves whenever we see yet another dreaded zit pop up. Is it that time of the month already? Did I eat one two many slices of pizza the other day? Or was it that new moisturizer I used?
With so many skincare products in the market, it’s hard to make a decision and find out what works best for you. What determines a good product from a bad one are the ingredients. Better known as the sneaky culprit. You think you’re skincare is helping your skin but what if your skincare is the one causing your breakouts?
Whenever we get breakouts, we’re always asking, “What is breaking you out?” And with so many different culprits out there. It’s sometimes hard to determine. But here’s a guide to help you on your journey.
What is breaking you out
Hormones, poor diet, stress, and your skincare routine are all possible culprits.
Once you’re pass that time of the month and you’ve started to eat healthier. You still don’t notice that much change to your skin. Well, here’s when your skincare may be the problem. Many skincare products, especially high-end ones, tend to have heavy fragrances. These fragrances can irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
Lately, I’ve been way more careful with what I put on my face. And I’ve learned very quickly expensive does NOT mean better. I tried out the shisheido white lucent line recently and it broke me out. The line has a pretty strong floral scent to it and a list of ingredients I cannot pronounce. Either way, my face was red, blotchy, and covered in little red bumps for weeks after using their cleanser one time! I’m not sure what ingredient in the line broke me out but I’m staying far, far away from the brand now.
In skincare, I think less is more which is why I’m super excited to share with you my experience with ZenMed.
Zenmed products are paraben and fragrance free. YAY! I’ve been using their gel cleanser for months now and I’m happy to say that my skin feels clean and soft. I know what you’re thinking a gel cleanser? Most gel cleansers on the market are harsh and leave the skin feeling stripped and tight. But this one from Zenmed is super gentle. It cleans my skin without stripping it. Plus, it’s pretty good at dissolving my waterproof makeup too.
Another product I love from Zenmed is there Skin protecting lotion with SPF 30. The lotion hydrates my dry face and feels light on the skin. It absorbs quickly too so you’re not left with a sticky film.
If you’re currently suffering from a random breakout, then take a look at your diet, stress levels, cycle, and skincare for answers. If skincare is the culprit then take a look at the list below. These ingredients actually cause breakouts in a lot of people.
The Skincare Ingredients You Need To Know
- parabens (such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben) can clog pores or even mess with the hormones in your body
- alcohol can dry-out your skin, leaving you with skin that feels raw and tight
- fragrance irritates the skin
- dimethicone (silicone product) clogs pores
For more information: check out this great blog post about Silicon vs. Silicone
**Disclaimer: I received the ZenMed products free for reviewing purposes.
All opinions expressed are my own.**