Although having breakouts as a teenager is common, having acne as an adult may be very frustrating (and downright embarrassing). While your first instinct may be to purchase an over-the-counter acne treatment or schedule a dermatologist appointment, you might be startled to hear that the cause of that pimple on your chin might be connected to your makeup or skincare routine. That’s why we figured it would be helpful to share some of the biggest beauty mistakes that result in acne, so read on and enjoy.
Before getting into it, we always suggest that you visit your dermatologist, should you face any breakouts or acne so they can prescribe the right medications and ensure that everything is under control.
1- Cleansing Your Face Too Much or Too Little
How often you should wash your face is a topic that leaves us with a big question mark. While some people think that over-cleansing will get rid of their acne, others don't clean at all in an effort to leave their acne alone. We're sorry to break it to you, but both of these washing methods are incorrect!
In fact, over-cleansing might actually decrease your skin's natural oils. Your skin then produces extra oil to make up for the moisture loss as a result. Acne is eventually brought on by excessive sebum production. On the other hand, if you don't clean your skin at all, oil buildup, makeup remnants, dust, dirt, and bacteria can accumulate on the surface of your skin, clogging your pores and causing acne. It is therefore preferable to consistently cleanse twice every day, in the morning and at night.
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2- Harsh Scrubs and Exfoliants
Here's yet another mistake you're probably making that can also cause acne. It's unacceptable to treat your skin too harshly. The worst things for your skin are harsh exfoliants and scrubs. You should treat your skin delicately instead.
Make sure to stay away from alcohol-based products if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Alcohol can dry you out and make your skin feel scratchy and tight. Additionally, always pat your skin dry after cleansing. Acne will develop if you scrub with a towel too vigorously.
3- Overlooking Cleaning Your Phone’s Screen
It's unavoidable nowadays not to be attached to your phone! The incessant Instagram scrolling and round-the-clock messaging can spread all the germs from your hands to your phone, which can subsequently spread to your face.
Your pores often become clogged by the germs on your phone, causing acne on your cheeks. Therefore, use a clean, soft cloth to wipe your phone's screen every few hours. Not just your phone, either. It's best to clean your keyboard if you're regularly using it, especially if you find yourself unintentionally touching your face.
4- Wrong Sunscreen Application Or Not Using It At All
Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun's dangerous UV and UVB radiation. At first, it may not appear noticeable, but excessive sun exposure can aggravate your acne. The skin can become dry from too much sun exposure, so it produces extra oil to protect itself. Further outbreaks will soon result from small skin flakes, oil, and pollutants. Despite how crucial it is to use sunscreen, you cannot pick the first option you come across. Put on oil-free sunscreen that won't clog your pores. Additionally, you must use sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside. This allows it time to work and become absorbed into your skin.
5- Using The Wrong Moisturizer Or Not Using It At All
Moisturizer is still necessary even if you have oily skin. It's possible that having oily skin is your skin's way of telling you that it's too dry. Even with oily skin, dehydration may still exist. The sebaceous glands secrete oil to shield the skin from irritants and dryness. However, if too much oil is produced, it can clog pores when it mixes with dirt and debris. Pick the ideal moisturizer for your skin type to keep it well-hydrated and moisturized. Moisturizers with a water base are a good choice. Hyaluronic acid and dimethicone-containing products can also help moisturize skin.
6- Using “Natural” DIY Skin Care Remedies
Natural products can frequently be very harsh and allergenic, and they are probably not "better" or "safer" for your skin. In an effort to get rid of your acne, refrain from creating your own homemade natural skincare products. Natural elements may be calming or hydrating without necessarily helping with acne. Lemon juice, toothpaste, cinnamon, baking soda, and essential oils (such as raw tea tree leaf oil) are some natural products you should avoid applying directly to your skin. Use only ingredients that have been clinically shown to treat acne efficiently.
7- Covering Acne Using Too Much Foundation
Many of us use heavy foundations to hide our acne, which actually slows down the healing process and may lead to more aggravation. You're essentially blocking the pimple from healing when air can't reach it. Before using any foundation, treat acne on the affected areas. Avoid putting makeup on an exposed pore after popping a pimple to avoid spreading infection.
8- Applying Makeup Using Fingers or Dirty Tools
If you apply makeup with your hands, the bacteria on your fingertips could irritate your skin. Use a beauty sponge or brush instead, and make sure to clean it often. Moreover, your face breakouts may be the result of not frequently washing your makeup brushes and tools. Treat the hair on your makeup brushes the same way you would your own hair. Once a week, wash and condition them. This will reduce the bacterial build0-up, and nothing compares to the pleasure of a fresh, gentle brush on your face. Makeup sponges should be washed in hot, soapy water and squeezed until the water is clear.
9- Not Washing Your Face Properly At Night
You aren't doing enough if you only use makeup-remover wipes at night to take off your makeup. Before going to bed, it's crucial to completely remove all of your makeup, especially if you have a full face of makeup. Dirt and oil may accumulate and become trapped during the day, increasing your chance of developing a breakout. We recommend switching from beauty wipes to makeup-specific products or doing a double cleanse before bedtime.
10- Sharing Your Makeup With A Friend
Sharing makeup of any type is a big no-no, whether you're getting ready for a big night out or are just testing out your bestie's favorite items. By applying the same tools as your friend, you expose your skin to their oils and germs, which may irritate your face or result in outbreaks. Additionally, you're increasing your risk for infection, which is undoubtedly more harmful and uncomfortable than a pimple.
11- Using Expired Makeup
Look, we know that makeup isn’t exactly cheap. However, you should never jeopardize your health by applying expired products. Liquid or cream-based cosmetic items are the worst offenders when it comes to housing germs. You are adding more bacteria to your skin as it spreads when you keep using that old makeup. It's best to stay on the side of caution and throw anything away if you can't recall when you bought it. We are aware that it hurts, especially when it comes to beloved or expensive products, but it isn't really worth an irritated breakout of acne, is it?
12- Wearing Makeup Everyday
In the same way that wearing too much makeup can trigger or aggravate acne breakouts, wearing it constantly prevents your skin from getting enough air to breathe. If possible, try going makeup-free at least once a week; your skin will certainly appreciate the break.
Many of us follow strict skincare routines to make our skin look beautiful and healthy. However, unknowingly, we may be harming our skin by making some silly mistakes that can result in unpleasant breakouts. Make sure you avoid these mistakes in your beauty routine to ensure that your skin is healthy and glowing.
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