Everyone gets acne as it’s a natural part of life but when it comes to acne mistakes, some are more obvious than others. Some of the time, acne is a result of unwitting mistakes committed by us, and by preventing some of such errors; you can avoid acne breakout or aggravating it further.
Whether you get the occasional stress-induced pimple or chronic acne, finding the best way to keep those annoying blemishes off your face isn’t always easy, and here are 5 mistakes that we commonly make:
Using Dirty Makeup Brushes And Liberally Applying Hair Products
Your makeup brushes may seem clean to the naked eye, but they contain dirt, debris, bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells that can contribute to breakout. The dirty brushes can cause acne, and can even cause fungal infections.
Sometimes, your hair products could be to blame, as certain hair products (like gels and hairsprays) tend to clog pores and induce inflammation, while most oil based products trap bacteria and create a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. When you workout sometimes, sweat tends to carry remnants of these products down your face.
Workout in headbands that keep the hair separated from your face, and do the same when you sleep to prevent exposure to the pore-clogging impurities found in hair products.
Not Washing Your Face Enough Or Washing Your Face Too Much
Over the course of a single day, your face goes through a lot, as there’s sweat, makeup, bacteria from our hands and other objects like glasses, and even external factors like pollution that could potentially be clogging our pores.
Those who are acne-prone will definitely benefit from washing their face twice daily (double cleanse). Unfortunately, too much of a good thing is bad, and over-cleansing the skin can dry out the skin, causing your skin to produce even more acne-causing oil to make up for the dryness.
Picking At Or Touching Your Pimples
There are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t pick at, touch, or pop pimples, as picking at pimples always, will make it worse.
Pimples are infected wounds at their core, and when you start pulling at the skin around a pimple it will just get worse and can cause scabs and scars, which are more difficult to cover and long lasting.
Touching your pimples can also lead to infection, and if your fingers or your tools are dirty, more bacteria are likely to get into the pore.
Using Too Many Products
There are so many different products that all promise you clear and radiant skin, and between the cleansers, scrubs, and toners, it’s easy to go overboard when it comes to face care.
When it comes to achieving an acne-free skin, simple is usually better. Routines that are complex with multiple steps are often too harsh for the skin, and you shouldn’t bother with stocking up on tons of products or subscribing to a multi-step routine.
You’re Not Eating Right
A healthy diet is vital to keep your organs functioning properly. Your skin is an organ and what you eat can either help or hurt your skin. For the clearest skin, you generally want to stay away from sugary and processed foods, as research has shown that eating a high-glycemic diet, one that spikes your blood sugar, particularly one filled with sugar and refined foods, can trigger redness and acne breakouts.
Consider opting for a smoothie and Anti-inflammatory foods, such as dark leafy greens, blueberries, and broccoli, that can help bring down that inflammation and keep your skin clear and glowing.
3 Top Tips To Help You Avoid Mistakes That Cause Acne
Informed Use Of Makeup And Hair Products
Of the multitude of makeup and hair products available out there, most products are oil based, and clogging of the skin pores by sweat, naturally generated oil called Sebum, which lead to acne when infested by the P.acnes bacteria.
In your choice of makeup, water-based products and ingredients that limit the production of oil on the skin should be foremost. Use the same caution while choosing hair products like shampoos and conditioners, and it is better to apply them to the hair gently with fingers making sure you don’t touch your forehead.
If you have styled your hair in a way that leaves it with fringes or front locks, make sure you keep it away from the forehead when at home or while sleeping with a headband.
If the label does not mention the term non – comedogenic (which means that the ingredients contained in it do not cause clogging of pores or encourage excess oil production in the skin), look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur, as these ingredients kill bacteria and discourage excess sebum production on the skin.
Maintain General Hygiene
Maintain a good state of general hygiene, ensuring that your surroundings are clean and hygienic to avoid breakouts and infection. Remember to use clean combs and makeup brushes, wiping down goggles, and only touching the face with clean hands. It is best not to touch the face at all.
Frequently touching the face transfers oils, dirt, and germs from the hands on to the face, and this could also lead to acne. Touching acne also causes it to burst and spread the infectious bacteria around which leads to more clogging and infection, and for this reason, never try to pop acne. Infected acne is harder to treat, cause discoloration or darkening of the skin, and require longer periods of treatment.
Lack of sufficient sleep and other factors that lead to stress can cause and aggravate existing acne. Increased stress level releases a hormone called cortisol, which aggravates sebum production and also leads to whitehead breakouts.
Try getting in some exercise practice every day to avoid stress, as that has benefits that go beyond acne prevention.
Although it is sometimes impossible to avoid acne breakout altogether, you can have complete control over its aggravation and infection by choosing the right cleansers, makeup and sunscreen wisely as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle with good diet and adequate exercise.
Several other factors like hard water, melanin, humidity in the air, and genetics influence incidence and aggravation of acne, and there are those with acne as their true skin type. Such people experience chronic breakouts, clogged pores, and visible inflammation even when they have good daily habits.
- Use Spotless Cleanser once in the morning and once at night to remove acne-causing surface bacteria.
- Apply Acne Toner morning and night to absorb excess oil and restore balance to the acne-prone skin.
- Utilize Mask to penetrate pores even deeper and smooth acne. Use Amino Mask 1-2 times per week.
- Spot treat to tackle tricky blemishes and prevent new breakouts.