A beauty expert has shared the five ‘unexpected’ things behind your breakouts, and why you need to stop doing them everyday if you want glowing skin.
Natalie O’Neill, from the UK, has built up a huge TikTok following for her no-nonsense approach to skincare and jargon.
In her latest video, Natalie shared why not cleansing or taking your makeup off before a workout is making you breakout, as well as the harmful effects of dermaplaning, heavy-duty moisturisers and whey protein.
‘These five things are breaking you out, and you’re in denial about it,’ Natalie said at the start of her video.
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A beauty expert has shared the five ‘unexpected’ things behind your breakouts, and why you need to stop doing them everyday if you want glowing skin (Natalie O’Neill)
The first habit the beauty expert highlighted is dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is a minimally invasive procedure that shaves away the top layers of your skin. It can help reduce the appearance of acne scars or pitted skin.
Some people get dermaplaning to remove unwanted hair.
‘Dermaplaning is not great for your skin,’ Natalie said.
‘Some people can tolerate it, but a lot of people can’t and they will have horrendous acne breakouts after they do it.’
If that’s you and you’re ‘in denial’ about it breaking you out, the beauty expert said you need you need to stop as a matter of priority – or it will just keep ‘breaking you out’.
Instead, you could try something like chemical exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids to remove the top dead layer of skin.
2. Whey protein
The second habit Natalie said you absolutely need to stop doing is taking whey protein in your smoothies or drinks every single day.
‘Whey protein really does and really can increase the amount of acne you’re seeing,’ Natalie said.
The reason why whey protein increases acne is because of the production of IGF-1, a hormone that again tends to increase your sebum production, thereby causing acne breakouts.
Try and get your protein from real sources where possible, like oily fish, eggs and nuts.
3. Viral skincare products
‘Some viral skincare products like Weleda Skin Food and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate can be the biggest acne triggers out there,’ Natalie said.
If you’re acne-prone, she added, they are probably not the right product for you.
Instead, you need to look for something more breathable and lightweight to avoid an over-production of oil.
‘Picking at spots because you think you know what you’re doing and you think if you pick the spot before it becomes a big spot you’re going to kill it is not a thing,’ Natalie (pictured) said
4. Picking at spots and blackheads
Fourth on Natalie’s list is picking at spots and blackheads.
‘Picking at spots because you think you know what you’re doing and you think if you pick the spot before it becomes a big spot you’re going to kill it is not a thing,’ Natalie said.
‘Picking spots is going to lead to patchy, blotchy skin. Whereas if you leave it, it will probably just heal naturally and not leave you with anything.’
5. Wearing makeup to the gym
Finally, wearing makeup to the gym and forgetting to cleanse your face afterwards is a cardinal sin when it comes to skincare.
‘I understand some people do it for confidence reasons, but going to the gym, getting sweaty and then not washing it off afterwards is so bad,’ Natalie said.
‘All of that makeup is just hardening into your pores and there is a near 100 per cent chance it is causing more acne.’
More than 100,000 people who saw Natalie’s video were quick to comment:
‘Nooo, I didn’t want to hear the whey protein one,’ one commenter wrote.
‘I agree with no three. Heavy skin care products and SPF broke me out. Never again,’ another added.