5 Reasons You Might Be Breaking Out

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Unhappy skin? Read this

Skin is an organ – in fact, the largest organ we have – which means it sometimes sends us signals when it isn’t functioning at its best. This can manifest in a number of ways, but one of the most common is acne breakouts.

Breakouts don’t just occur in acne-prone skin. There are several factors that can prompt breakouts to form, from the skincare you’re using to external lifestyle influences, including stress, and not drinking enough water.

While breakouts can be frustrating, it’s often your body’s way of communicating an issue. Here’s what your skin might be trying to tell you, and how you can support it to stay healthy in the future.

1. Stress

Our thoughts can have a big impact on how we feel, especially during periods of pressure. During stressful times, certain hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can be triggered in the body to help it prepare for a perceived threat.  

As a result, cortisol can cause an overproduction of oil, which can lead to clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. It can also cause any existing skin issues that you may experience from time to time to flare up – think psoriasis, eczema, rosacea.  

Do your best to manage stress by taking time out for yourself with restorative activities that you love and making time for exercise, which releases feelgood endorphins to improve your mood and keep your mind balanced.

2. Skincare products

Yes, it’s possible that your skincare routine is doing more harm than good. Skincare-related breakouts can occur when certain oil-based products clog up pores, which is why dermatologists often recommend non-comedogenic, oil-free skincare formulations.

You might also be breaking out because the barrier of your skin has been compromised, which can happen after one too many applications of high-strength active skincare. Take your skincare routine back to basics for a few weeks, and strengthen your skin from within by taking two capsules of The Skin Elixir each day to ensure your complexion is completely supported.

3. Gut issues

The gut-skin connection is a real thing, so if you’re suddenly breaking out, it could be due to an imbalanced gut. Your gut microbiome could be experiencing some issues, which are then showing up on your skin.

Ensure your diet is rich in whole foods and vegetables, with a limited intake of sugar and processed foods. You can also encourage healthy digestion (and therefore healthy skin!) by taking The Skin Elixir, which contains a gut blend of turmeric, black pepper, papaya, methionine, and aloe to promote healthy digestion and support the gut-skin connection*.

4. Not drinking enough water

Dehydration can be another common cause of breakouts, as your skin produces more oil when parched to overcompensate for the lack of water. And of course, excessive amounts of oil can lead to breakouts.

Keep your skin clear by drinking your three litres of water per day. If you want to double down on your daily dose, why not mix in two teaspoons of The Super Elixir™ – our premium greens powder will ensure that 11 all systems of the body are supported, from your immune and digestive systems to your hair, skin and nails.  

Plus, our delicious flavours make drinking your greens easy and enjoyable. Try our new Blood Orange flavour for a zesty twist, or opt for the Lemon & Ginger to enjoy an invigorating kick first thing in the morning.

5. Lack of sleep

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! If you aren’t getting your eight hours, your skin might be paying the price. When we sleep our bodies regenerate and replenish cells overnight, so if we’re not getting adequate shuteye, our skin suffers.  

Aim to get into bed a little earlier and create a relaxing bedtime ritual each night to help you wind down after a long day. Journal, read a book and enjoy a cup of WelleCo’s Sleep Welle Calming Tea which contains a soothing mix of hops, valerian, lemon balm, passionflower and skullcap to quiet the mind, reduce restlessness and usher sleep.


Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist talk to your health professional. Supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

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