Your skin can act up for a huge variety of reasons, and it’s not unusual for two people with the same skin concern to have completely different underlying causes. This can mean that treatments and skincare recommendations will also differ, despite the skin concern being the same. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common lifestyle causes of skin concerns, to get you started:


Flooding your body with cortisol constantly will almost always have a detrimental effect on the skin. When you’re stressed, hormonal imbalances can cause spots, oiliness or even full-on acne outbreaks. Or you might experience the opposite; stress affects the immune system too, and as a result, many people experience eczema flare-ups during really rough patches in their life.

Food Intolerances

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is very much affected by what we eat. Many people find that their skin is transformed after giving up certain foods. If you have a suspicion that what you eat might be affecting your skin, consult a doctor or dietician to see if food intolerance could be the cause.

Skincare Routine

Using the wrong products can cause years of skin problems without you ever realising it. Many people who think they have naturally sensitive, dry or oily skin are actually just using products that aren’t adapted to their skin type. Take a good look at your skincare routine and think about what kind of effect each product is having.

Hygiene and Cleanliness

Accidentally getting too much of the wrong bacteria on your face can have disastrous effects on your complexion. The most common problem caused by excess bacteria is spots. This is why it’s really important to keep your makeup brushes clean, avoid touching your face, remove makeup at night, change your pillowcases often, and clean your phone regularly!

Speak to your therapist about your skin concerns and they can help to devise an appropriate plan for you. Find your nearest SkinBase therapist.

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