I personally do not believe there is a single cause for why people break out; rather there is a process that we understand about acne and several unknown factors that jolt that process that must be identified by each individual. I have had an issue with my skin at several times in my life; sometimes not having an issue at all and other times breaking out in a manner where I feel a real lack of confidence.
At the moment, I am testing out a theory. I consider myself a weight-lifter, as in I go to the gym with the purpose of packing on muscle. However, 2010 was a bad year for me. My wife relocated to Santa Cruz, I left my job and went with her, then came back to Southern California and we broke-up. During that whole breakup time, until I got with my new girlfriend, I had zero problems with my skin.
This was also the period when I was in better shape, as I was working out very often. During the winter months, with Christmas, etc. I worked out less and then for the first half of the year I did not really have a consistent and stable workout routine. Just recently, like for the last two weeks, I have been working hard, almost every day. It is strange but I seem to have clearer skin when I work out for a few days in a row, and I tend to breakout when I take too many days off after a string of work outs.
My belief, and perhaps it is my head, is that an inconsistent body building creates fluctuation in hormones. If I work out often and on a routine, my body adapts to that. If I work out hard for a few days then take a few days off, etc. my body becomes confused and it freaks out. It is looking for higher levels of hormonal production that it was trying to adapt to, and when it cannot find it, it wigs. I am still testing this theory, in the lab so to speak.
Last week is an example. I started strong, working out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday really hard and strong. Thursday was half assed because I was busy. Friday I do not work out. Saturday and Sunday I also did not. So thatâ??s three great days, one lame, and three off. I had a mild breakout (aka one little cyst) over the weekend on Sunday. So I am beginning to think there might be something to this.
Anyone have similar experiences?