Does Kissing Cause Acne?

The act of kissing inherently does not cause acne. Sometimes breakouts do occur after makeout sessions. This is often due to irritants from products on the other person’s lips. This can be lip balms, glosses, or even leftover food. Sometimes oils from facial hair or the hands of the other person can cause acne after a makeout session. Of course, kissing itself does not cause acne in this situation. In fact, Kissing can ultimately decrease stress, which in many cases is good for reducing acne. 

Is Acne Contagious?

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders on the planet affecting over 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 years old. That being said, acne itself is not contagious. This means you can kiss away and not worry about “spreading” your acne. If you do get acne after kissing someone it is most likely because they touched your face and their hands had dirt or oil on them. If you are worried about spreading acne during a kissing session, make sure your hands and face are clean. It is easier to catch other conditions such as herpes, warts, mono, and the common cold from kissing than acne. As these conditions are actually contagious through kissing. 

What Causes Acne? 

The main cause of acne is inflammation.  Environmental toxins, processed foods, and oil buildup all cause inflammation which presents itself as an acne breakout on the skin. The best way to prevent acne is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. For a more comprehensive understanding of your skin problems which looks at diet to hormones to nutrients, check out the Definitive Clear Skin Resource Kit. 


Stress is one of the leading factors of inflammation throughout the body. When we are stressed out and anxious, our bodies produce excess cortisol, inflaming various organs, including our skin. This leads to excess sebum production and clogged pores. Research shows that wounds also heal slower under stress. This may help to understand why acne heals slower, and scarring is more prevalent when someone is under high stress. 


Our facial hygiene and a proper skincare routine are great ways to prevent acne. When dirt, oils, and sebum build-up, it cogs the pores and creates zits. Using a daily face wash and moisturizer is the best way to prevent this. 


While the term Maskne has skyrocketed with the covid pandemic, dermatologists have acknowledged the issue of maskne for a while as it is common in professions that require the use of all-day mask use. This primarily includes students, construction workers, and people in the medical field. While this isn’t a huge problem, maskne definitely causes for some people who wear masks multiple hours per day. Using the same mask for extended periods of time causes hot air to be trapped in the masks, which causes moistness that leads to bacterial growth. Additionally, masks absorb dirt and oil from your skin and rub it all over your face when you wear them for extended periods of time.  The best way to avoid this is to use a clean mask and have a proper face regimen, including a good cleanser

Poor Diet 

Surprisingly to many people, our diet has a massive influence over our skin. And our overall health. When we eat processed, fatty, fried, and oily foods. They tend to inflame us more and cause excess sebum production. These include popular classics such as burgers, pizza, white bread, chicken wings, and chocolate.  Foods high in omegas may help to reduce and fight acne. Find these omegas in eggs, fish such as salmon, flaxseeds, carrots, spinach, and more. 


Like all aspects of our health, genetics play a large role in acne. Of course, this can be managed with proper regimens, but can still predisposition many people. While there is no specific gene that exists for acne. Genes that control inflammation in the body and impact how hormones play a role in our skin health. 

Best products for acne:

Benzoyl Peroxide 

Benzoyl Peroxide is a topical antiseptic found in all kinds of the top products for clearing away acne. Benzoyl peroxide also comes in prescription level creams medications, facial washes, and lotions. It peels away dead skin cells to exfoliate the face and provide glowing skin. This helps with unregulated bacteria growth and oils. Benzoyl  Peroxide is one of the most potent chemicals for reducing redness and inflammation in acne treatment.  

Glyceric Acid

Glyceric Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and excess sebum in the oil glands. It’s pretty sensitive on the skin and helps to mimic the natural oils of one’s face. One of the great things about this acid is that it helps attract and retain water in the skin. As we age, we lose hydration which can cause breakouts and dull-looking skin textures. Face Wash, made for sensitive skin that contains glyceric acid, is one of the most beneficial treatments for preventing acne. 

Salycic Acid

Salycic Acid is one of the most popular and researched compounds for treating acne. This acid breaks down the bonds between skin oils to help smooth away unwanted bacteria and cells. Salycic Acid washes are great for getting rid of clogged pores while making skin clean and clear.

Originally Published: December 23, 2021

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Hi, I’m Sam Wood, the chief editor, lead acne expert, and health coach at GoodGlow, as well as a best-selling author for one of the top acne books on Amazon. I struggled with acne for over 10 years, and began studying the effects of diet on skin quality while pursuing a degree in Nutrition Sciences at the University of Missouri. After shifting from mainstream skincare trends to in-depth research in medical journals, I experienced significant personal success in managing my acne. This inspired me to start GoodGlow, where I simplify complex scientific findings into easy-to-understand advice. With over 10 years in the field, I’ve helped more than 2,500 people achieve clearer skin through natural, holistic methods, and I’m dedicated to personally assisting those seeking guidance on their acne journey.

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