Are you treating your acne diligently yet still experiencing fresh breakouts? Your skincare routine may be at fault. Here are eight skincare behaviours that might aggravate acne, as well as dermatological advice to help you stop such habits.
1. Trying a new skincare routine every week
This method may irritate your skin, resulting in outbreaks. Washing your face every day might irritate your skin and lead to acne outbreaks.
Allow time for an acne treatment to take effect. You should expect to use a product for six to eight weeks. It takes that long to notice any progress. If you haven't noticed any improvement by then, you can try a different product. In most cases, clearance takes 3 to 4 months.
2. Sleep in your makeup
Clogged pores and breakouts can develop under your makeup, causing you to break out even more. Don't wear makeup to bed. If you do, remove it at night before you go to bed.
3. Exfoliate too often
Over-exfoliation can irritate your skin and make it more likely to develop new breakouts. If your skincare routine contains an acne treatment, be sure to avoid over-exfoliation. We recommend exfoliating only once a week.
4. Clean your face too often
Over-washing can remove essential oils from your skin that keep it healthy and cause irritation. Clean your face with a mild face wash twice a day. If you need to clean it more often, use a makeup wipe instead of a wash.
5. Use a bar of soap to wash your face
Bar soaps can dry out your skin and cause irritation that can worsen acne. Use a mild, non-scented facial cleanser. To avoid irritation, wash your face twice a day with warm water and a gentle cleanser. If you have oily skin, you can use a facial cleanser one time a day after you wash your face in the morning.
6. Ignore your diet
Foods and drinks like soda, fried foods, and chocolate can cause acne. Eating dairy products can also make acne worse. If you eat these foods, do it in moderation, and your acne is likely to improve.
7. Sharing makeup tools
Even if you solely use non-comedogenic cosmetics, sharing it might cause pimples. Acne is not infectious, but when you share cosmetics, brushes, or applicators, acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells from other people's skin can end up in your makeup. When you wear those cosmetics, you can transmit their germs, oil, and dead skin cells to your skin. These might clog your pores and cause outbreaks.
8. Touching or popping breakouts
When you pop or compress pimples, you may push some of the contents (e.g., pus, dead skin cells, or germs) further into your skin. When this happens, inflammation rises. This can result in more visible acne, as well as scars and discomfort.
If you notice that your skincare routine is making your acne worse, don't hesitate to consult a clinician. You may need to change your treatment or change your skincare routine. You also may want to make some lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep, exercising, and eating a healthy diet. You should see your clinician about any skincare concerns.
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