What causes you to get pimples or acne break outs?

United States
October 7, 2008 5:51pm CST
For some reason, I'm getting acne like breakouts lately. I got a really bad pimple on my chin the other day. It's gone now. I'm wondering if it's related to my diet or something I ate. Maybe it was caused by some type of allergic reaction. What causes you to break out with pimples? And, what's your best tip for getting rid of pimples?
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12 responses
@katsmeow1213 (28982)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I still get pimples once a month, and it's related to hormones. I don't do anything for them anymore because most of the acne medicines made it worse. I just cover it up if I feel the need, but I'm not overly self conscience so I just leave it alone mostly. It goes away pretty quickly. When I was a teenager I swore by Noxema. That's about the only thing I've ever used frequently on my face.
• United States
8 Oct 08
Ditto! I was the Noxema queen. I would leave that stuff on my face for half an hour and then rinse off. I rarely had pimples, ever! Think I'm going to get some more of that.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I never had much of an acne problem either. It has always only been one or two around that time of month. The only time I ever had a real problem was when I was pregnant with my twins, and nothing would fix that.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
7 Oct 08
Don't feel bad I break out still myself. I had a pimple on the bottom of my chin last week. I used witch hazel myself. It went away after a few days.
• United States
8 Oct 08
That is an awesome tip! I love my Mylot friends. Always the best advice.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
8 Oct 08
Your welcome. I hope it works for you
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Well, with me, if I don't properly wash my face, I will break out some.. And every month, right before my menustrual cycle, I will get a pimple or two. If, I drink too much sodas it may do this too.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
7 Oct 08
But, I hardly get pimples like that. My skin is pretty much very clear.. I hope it stays this way..
• United States
8 Oct 08
I thought that I was the only one who broke out with sodas. I think it's the carbonation but it could be one of the ingredients.
• United States
9 Oct 08
too much skin or or sweating will do it with me. i just try to keep my face as clean and dry as possible daily. for swollen ones,believe it or not,a lil dab of preparation H will knock it down to nothing...um..i'd recommend a new tube for that though.
• United States
9 Oct 08
too much oil on the skin i mean. yea,i'm awake.
@rangics (1335)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
A lot of causes for sure when I get one. It could be related to stress, work, problems with money, your diet may also affect this, water intake? (am not sure though..) and other related problems...menstrual cycle is one of my major reasons why I get a pimple..Darn, I wish all of this stuff in my face to fade.. A regular wash on your face they say is one of a good habit to stay away from this problem...it only stays away but it doesn't get rid off. At least right?.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I get the hormonal pimples too. Just one or two. When I was pregnant, I had a horrible pimple on my cheek (on my jaw) and it was so painful. Finally went away! That thing was hideous.
• Malaysia
30 Oct 08
Pimples are caused by dirt and oil. Wash your face twice a day and dont eat oily foods too much. You will see that your face gets better day by day .
@ahm_raq (165)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
I get zits usually from staying late at nigh and if my period is coming.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 08
I seldom get pimples nowadays - past that 'young' age . Anyway, if I do get pimples, it's either that I've been eating too much oily /spicy food, or I'm under stress. I use a medicated clearing booster from Dermalogical that I would apply on the pimple, and usually in a day or two, it would either dry up or subside.
@carmela0210 (1591)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
in my case, i got my pimples every time my period is coming,but afterwards its gone, and also when i sleep late at night. I also refrain from eating fatty foods and high carbs foods. Im really aware of my diet cause my doctor says it was one of the reasons why im having so much pimples.
@donna22 (1120)
9 Oct 08
Im 26 and Ive never had acne or many spots really (touch wood). I would get the odd one very occassionally. Now I only get them (and not every time) when my periods are due.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I think mine might be stress related or my diet - I've put on weight over the last few months and have noticed they are appearing more and more not only on my face but on the left side of my neck - weird. I'm going to check out the blog link one of the posters posted above.
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I usually don't break out at all I have very clear skin but the time I do break out is usually before my time of the month. A lot of things can cause breakouts, clogged pores & stress I think are the most common things to cause breakouts