You keep your skin squeaky clean, exfoliate, eat healthy and take your acne treatment seriously but somehow still end up with more pimples on your face than you had before! Has this ever happened to you? Ever girl with acne-prone skin does everything in her power to get rid of pesky acne. However, sometimes, you make your breakouts worse by making skincare mistakes without even realising it.
You are better than that and you and your skin deserves better. Just so you don’t commit anymore silly skin sins, we have rounded up five skincare mistakes you could be making that are only aggravating your acne, rather than eliminating it.
- Not wearing sunscreen
- Washing your face too much
- Taking long hot showers
- Using the wrong moisturiser
- Popping or picking at your pimples
Not wearing sunscreen
Oh, so you thought sun exposure could only make you tanned, age faster and burn your skin but had nothing to do with your acne? We have news for you. It triggers acne, making them more severe and frequent. Use a non-comedogenic sunscreen to control acne and save your skin from free radical damage.
Washing your face too much
In the quest for keeping your face clean and oil-free, you tend to wash your face numerous times, but it does more harm than good. Washing your face frequently dries out your skin which induces the sebum glands to produce more oil to compensate. Wash your face twice with a cleanser and wipe the excess oil with facial wipes throughout the day.
Taking long hot showers
Hot showers are relaxing and fun but you might want to limit your time in the shower for the sake of your skin. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and opens the pores, which makes it easy for the bacteria to attack your skin and cause acne. Wash your face with cold or lukewarm water to close the pores and follow up with a moisturiser.
Using the wrong moisturiser
Using the wrong moisturiser for your skin type or not using one at all is a big contributor to your zit party. It can worsen your acne and you don’t want that. Swear by a lightweight, non-oily moisturiser that is meant for acne-prone skin to keep your skin hydrated and healthy and acne-free.
Popping or picking at your pimples
We get it. You can’t resist when you spot a big, red pimple springing up and the only thing you can think of is to finish it off by squeezing or picking at it. But did you know, for every pimple you kill, you are inviting two more in its place? The bacteria from popped pimples spread, which cause more breakouts. Better keep your hands to yourself and treat your acne the right way.