So here’s the thing, WHENEVER I see an uninvited acne on my face I wonder to myself, “HOW? What did I do wrong?” I know this might sounds really odd but this should be the question we should all be asking ourselves when we notice an ugly breakout. You may be using the BEST skin products but a tiny little mistake can take a toll on your skin causing it to breakout. SO here’s a list of common mistakes you should be avoiding to steer clear from skin breakouts.
1. Over Scrubbing
Exfoliating the skin is an important part of regular skin regimen as it helps remove dead skin cells, but it has been observed that over-scrubbing or scrubbing incorrectly can do more harm than good. Most people scrub wrong by applying too much pressure on the skin. This irritates the skin causing it unseen damage which is actually the root for skin breakout.
Solution: While exfoliating, always be sure to scrub in very gentle, circular motions. Remember, the idea is to make your skin feel better not worse.
2. Touching Too Much
This is one of the hardest habits to break and is probably the most common activity that causes skin problems. Our hands collect concealed germs and bacteria which easily travels to our face. Experts also suggest that applying repeated or excess pressure to the same area may also cause a breakout, especially during the summer season.
Solution: Resist touching your face unnecessarily and invest in quality wet wipes during summer season.
3. Cleansing Too Often
Cleansing more than twice a day over-dries and dehydrates the skin which hampers skin’s pH level forcing it to overproduce oil. This makes the skin vulnerable and can easily cause acne.
Solution: Cleansing is very vital but ONLY twice a day, followed by applying a hydrating moisturizer. Keep your skin hydrated at all times.
4. The Mirror is Your Enemy
We all love admiring ourselves in the mirror but if you find yourself standing in front of the mirror too often, you are in big trouble. It may seem completely harmless but examining your skin too closely forces you to pop and prick any spot or zit even when you know it is wrong.
Solution: Apply your makeup, do your hair and say this mantra in your head, “I am beautiful and I have perfect skin” and allow yourself to move on, leave the mirror behind.
5. Not Cleaning Things
Our face gets in contact with a lot of stuff everyday and all those things collect dirt and bacteria which latches on to our skin. Your pillowcase, makeup brushes, face towel, scarves and even your cell phone can all collect oil and dirt which can cause your skin to breakout.
Solution: Wash your makeup brushes, face towel, pillowcase on the regular, if not everyday. Clean your cell phone using a dry washcloth at least once a day.
6. Not Showering After Gym
I have seen countless girls sweating it out at the gym and go straight home or run errands without hitting the shower first. This is a HUGE beauty mistake. Working out opens up skin’s pores which is why it is important to take a cool shower to shut the pores back up. Moreover, tight gym clothes increase friction after workout and cause other skin problems.
Solution: Take a cool shower, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize immediately after working out.
7. Not Cleansing at Night Time
There’s a reason why every cleansing bottle in the market reads, “Cleanse twice daily”. Aside from all the makeup that sits on our face, we collect other dirt and oil throughout the day. Sleeping with makeup on will certainly cause skin breakout and also leave the skin feeling dry due to dehydration.
Solution: It is absolutely necessary to wash your face twice a day which includes once at night time. Cleanse your face and apply a nourishing night cream every night to maintain the skin’s moisture.
8. Trying Too Many Brands At a Time
I can understand the temptation you get every time you see a new skin product in the market and you CAN’T wait a second to take it home. We have all been there, but experts suggest that using variety of brands at a time can ruin the skin’s balance irritating it further.
Solution: Anytime you buy a new product, give it at least 4 weeks before you start seeing results. If you feel that the product isn’t working for you, go for a new one but be sure to give it nothing less than 4 weeks.
9. Not Knowing Your Skin Type
You have an oily skin type but you end up buying skin products made for dry or combination skin. Sounds familiar? Using a product NOT made for your skin type will definitely cause your skin to act up.
Solution: It is really important to know your skin type and buy products specific to your skin condition. Before buying any product, make sure to check out the ingredients and check what skin type the product is good for.