The sneaky skin wreckers in your bathroom cabinet
If you’re wondering what causes acne, the reality is that no one is really sure—there are many potential reasons behind troublesome skin, according to Mona Gohara, MD, an associate clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine and a dermatologist at Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut in Branford. They include hormonal issues, not changing your pillowcase frequently, a fatty and sugary diet, or the wrong skincare regimen for your skin type, says Kerri Daniels, a skin consultant with the global beauty brand, PMD Beauty. And people with acne-prone skin should add these ingredients to their beauty arsenal.
Salicylic acid may be too harsh on acne for some people, so Daniels suggests using it sparingly. “It can be used in small doses as spot treatments,” says Daniels, who is also a New Jersey- and New York-based model.