What causes pimples? Unfortunately, I can’t give you one main reason. I wish I could! There are several reasons that could trigger breakouts. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself to help you find the cause/s and hopefully, will lead you to clearer skin.

  • Do you sleep early? Staying up late and not getting enough rest can cause zits here and there. Hold on, I’m not saying to avoid night outs! Let’s not just do it every night, shall we? Haha! Oh, and speaking of sleep, make sure your sheets are clean too!


  • Is it the time of the month? Hormones, hormones, hormones! It happens and for some, it happens every month – a week or days before menstruation. Don’t worry, it’s normal. In my experience, there’s really little I can do. I just make sure to stick to my trusted skincare routine and to try to be stress-free two weeks before my expected menstruation cycle.
  • Are you under pressure or stress lately? Stress can trigger breakouts. And when I say stress, even workout can cause pimples – especially if it’s a new or intense workout you’re trying out.


  • Are you using a new hair care or skin care product? I guess we are all familiar with this. If pimples are concentrated along the hairline or on the forehead, it could be a hair care product you’re using – shampoo, conditioner, gel, etc. If you’re using a new skin care product, such as facial wash, serum, or moisturizer, it might be the cause too. Note though that there are skin care products that have purging phase; therefore, don’t abruptly stop any new product you’re using when one zit suddenly makes an appearance. Sometimes you need a week for your skin to adjust.


  • Do you clean your makeup brushes and sponges? THIS! I’m quite sure a lot of the ladies out there are guilty of not cleaning their makeup brushes and sponges often – like once a week! Come on ladies, it’s an easy task! Just to show you how quick it is, here’s how I do it:


I use a gentle dishwashing liquid. Just add a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl of water. Dip the brush in the bowl and swirl it on your palm. Then, rinse thoroughly!


Cusina is a natural antibacterial dishwashing liquid.


You can also use a cleaner brush, like the one from Tony Moly. The good thing about makeup brush cleaners is that the brushes dry faster.



After rinsing with water, pat the bristles dry and reshape the brush. Lay the brushes flat to dry over night.

I hope this helps! Your breakout might be caused by one or multiple reasons stated above. But of course, if you think you’re already doing the things I mentioned, you might want to visit a dermatologist!

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