Biggest Skincare Mistakes That Are Causing You Acne
Nobody’s skin is perfect; everyone faces some or the other skin-related issues. There are various acts that may worsen any skin problem and when it comes to acne, it is better to be cautious. Acne is a severe skin problem mainly because its impact lasts longer. So if one knows the acts that make acne severe, it becomes easier to avoid the same.
Following is a small list of the general mistakes that cause you acne or worsen your existing acne.
1. Applying acne cream improperly
It is generally seen that people apply acne cream only where the pimples are popped up already. This may help them in getting rid of those existing pimples but not in preventing the rise of newer ones where the cream is not applied. Hence, one may face acne on the other part of the face.
The frequency and amount of acne cream also matter a lot. People who are prone to acne and breakouts may think that applying anti-acne cream frequently may help them but it’s not so. Applying medication appropriately may treat the condition but excessive use may cause dryness, redness, and irritation. Applying a thin layer once a day may help.
2. Using harsh products
Harsh products are always bad for skin, whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, or normal. These are worst for you if you are acne-prone. In such a case, you must be using some exfoliator to unclog the pores but if such products are harsh, you may make the situation worse for you by making it irritated.
The same thing applies to makeup products as well. Avoid comedogenic makeup products as these would end up damaging your skin by clogging skin pores. Instead, look for gentle chemical exfoliants like chemical peels or alpha/beta hydroxyl acids as these would not leave your skin red or damaged. Even if it does, use an oil-free moisturizer to prevent any damage.
3. Touching or squeezing your pimples
You must have heard from your mothers or grandmothers not to touch your pimples as it would leave a scar forever. Girl, they were right and there is science behind it. Our body naturally heals any issue it faces and so is the case with pimples. If you touch them, you disturb their healing process which might result in more breakouts and acne.
Squeezing a pimple may cause oil and bacteria to go deep into the skin. Your hands may also become the carrier of dirt to that respective place and this may also result in inflammation. Moreover, picking a pimple that is not ready to pop may damage the top layer of skin and result in a wound. Instead, use acne medication applied gently all over your face.
4. Skipping sunscreen
Not applying sunscreen or applying it improperly is the major root of various problems. It not only leads to serious issues like skin cancer but also problems like acne breakouts. Too much sun exposure may make the skin dry which leads to more secretion of oil from glands, eventually leading to greasier skin and more clogged pores.
Too much sunscreen also blocks the skin pores which doesn’t let the skin breathe. Hence, you need to check out the ingredients of sunscreen before purchasing it. Go for a broad-spectrum non-comedogenic sunscreen with SPF 30 or more so that it neither clogs your pores nor it irritates your skin.
5. Something about moisturizer
When it comes to moisturizing the skin, the two most common mistakes committed by people are either using the wrong moisturizer or not moisturizing at all. People generally think that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer as this would make it greasier but there is a difference between oil and water content in the skin. It means that oily skin doesn’t mean to be hydrated as well.
Also, one should choose the right type of moisturizer for their skin. If oily skin gets an oil-based moisturizer, it would make the skin feel heavier and won’t be absorbed into the skin. This works best for dry skin. Hence, people with oily skin should choose water-based lightweight moisturizers for unclogged and healthy skin. Using serums or gels containing hyaluronic acid is also an amazing idea that works. Combination skin needs to be treated accordingly for different parts of the face.
6. Washing the face wrongly
If you think washing is as simple as it seems, then you are wrong. The first thing which should be considered is the type of face wash to be picked which is generally avoided by people. Every cleanser is not meant for everyone. If face wash meant for dry skin is applied on oily skin would only lead to various issues including breakouts.
Moreover, they forget that products do take time to act. People go in a hurry, apply cleanser, and rinse their face quickly. They don’t wait for the ingredients to settle on the skin and work. Instead, they should wait for some time after applying the cleanser, give it a little massage, and then rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer post-cleansing.
7. Something about your daily routine
Certain regular acts also affect your skin a lot. One important act is the improper removal of makeup. A majority of women just use makeup wipes to remove makeup and clean the face but forget to wash the same. Washing your face not only removes the applied makeup but also dirt, oil, or any dead skin which is required for healthy skin.
Only if you know that dirty pillow covers and bedsheets also lead to unhealthy and clogged skin. So you need to switch to washed ones after every 7 to 10 days. Another one is to clean your mobile phone screen regularly. It’s simply because we touch our phones the most that too with dirty hands. This leaves germs on our screens that we don’t even know to exist.
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