3 lesser known reasons for acne

What if no matter what you do, your sin isn't clearing up. You might have a killer skin care routine (go girl!), you're doing your best to avoid stress, avoid food intolerances, but you're still breaking out.

Acne is a complex issue, with lots of factors influencing your skin, and it's so different for every body. Of course, the right skincare routine, a healthy diet, exercise, and stress avoidance can all contribute to keeping your hormones balanced, inflammatory processes at bay, and your skin clear.

However, there are other, lesser-known factors that can lead to acne. Here are three of the worst according to acneresearch.org – and tips on how to battle them.

1 – Allergies and Intolerances

Acne can be caused, in part, by allergies. And not the serial-sneezing, rash-inducing kind of allergies.

In fact, there is a broad range of low-key allergies and food intolerances – far beyond lactose and gluten – with adverse effects on individual bodies. Any food intolerance will involve inflammatory processes in your body – and can thus cause acne.  If you suspect you may have underlying food intolerance, please reach out to your Health Care Practitioner to discuss possible testing to learn more, alternatively send me a message here

2 – Air Pollution

Particulates in the air contribute to inflammatory processes, which in turn can cause or worsen acne.  Especially in urban areas, air pollution can lead to inflammatory oxidative stress, abnormal blood coagulation, and autonomic dysfunction, leading to inflammation and acne. 

Fortunately, the solution to this issue is a relatively simple one. And no, it’s not moving to the countryside for the sake of clear skin.  These days, air quality monitors and, more importantly, air filters, are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. Getting an air filter for your home and your workspace is likely to not only improve your skin. It can also boost your concentration and productivity, and helps battle some allergies.

3 – Leaky Gut (Intestinal Permeability)

Finally, no matter how healthy you eat, it’s still possible that your digestion may be affecting your skin. 

Intestinal permeability (a.k.a. leaky gut) is when things leach out of your small intestine into your bloodstream, and this can causes inflammation, which in turn contributes to skin disease. 


Focus on one thing at a time, see how your skin responds. That way you can find the most effective path to beating acne, adapted to your unique body needs.

I'd love to help you, if have any questions, please write your comments below. 


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