I'm breaking out, but my skincare routine hasn't changed!

Help my skin started breaking out, but I'm not doing anything different with my skincare routine. What's going on?

There are a number of factors in your diet and your routine that can affect your skin health, including things like hormones the pill and your diet. Let me just run you through a few of those to see if anything resonates with you.

Stress: When we are stressed, the body produces more cortisol and more progesterone, which leads to more sebum, production or natural oil in the skin. We also know that when we're stressed, we're more likely to get sick. This is because the body reduces its production of lymphocyte cells, which are immune cells that help to fight bacteria and infection.

Further to that, the production of extra cortisol means that our body' s circadian rhythm is interrupted, so we're not getting that deep, restful and restorative sleep that we need in order to be able to repair.

Hormones: when our hormones are balanced, we produce progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol in balanced amounts. But when these are thrown out, it can affect our skin's production of sebum or natural oils. Too much testosterone leads to an overproduction of sebum, which then means that our skin becomes oily and that can block our pores and lead to acne.

The Pill: The pill can interrupt your skin's natural production of oils, and then when you come off the pill, your body can start to up-regulate its production of oils in order to compensate for the period that you were on the pill. It can take between 12 and 24 months for your skin to return to natural levels of oil production and the additional oil production may also lead to acne.

Antibiotics, and gut health: Antibiotics kill the good bacteria in our gut, which can affect our immune system and our body's ability to fight bacteria and pathogens, including on the.

And finally, and this is a big one, diet: When you're consuming too many sugars, too much processed food or too much alcohol, it can affect the quality of the oil that your skin produces. When your skin is producing poor quality oil, it becomes thick and gluggy and it can lock in the bacteria on your skin creating acne.

Acne thrives in an anaerobic environment, and when the oil in your skin is too thick, it won't release from your skin, clogging up those pores and creating the anaerobic environment, allowing for the acne and bacteria to flourish.

I hope this has been helpful. If any of these tips resonate for you, please reach out if you have any questions.