A clear, blemish free-skin is a dream for many, and is what many hope for. But do you know that the main reasons that causes your acne worse is not only because your hormone is not balance or you don’t have a good diet? Is actually because of your daily routine. The daily things you keep on doing over and over and you may not realize is the main reason that causes you serious skin problem.
Here are the top habits that that can take a toll on your acne-prone skin, resulting pimple and blemishes:
Bad Habit No 1: YOU WASH YOUR FACE TOO MUCH
There is a myth a myth that everyone believe, including me. The myth sounds like this “My face is dirty! I need to clean it off NOW!!!”
Actually washing too much can strip the skin of essential oils, leading the body to paradoxically produce more oil, which can lead to more pimples. It turns out that wash your face twice a day in the morning when your are awake and at night before you sleep is all you need.
Bad Habit No 2: PRESSURE (literally & figuratively)
You know your “daydreaming about Ryan Gosling” pose? Yep, it might be an acne trigger. Most of us do this without even noticing it. But touching your face is a common cause that causes acne around your jawline and chin as you are bringing not only bacteria but also applying pressure to your skin!
The same goes with your unwashed hair with products in it. Dirty hair that is loaded with oils, hair products and grime over the course of the average day can cause an acne flare who those who are prone to break outs.
The solution: Well the obvious one is to just stop putting pressure to your face (hair, hands, phone, etc). But if you really cant avoid it, at least be diligent about cleaning surfaces well and often to minimize bacteria.
Bad Habit No 3: SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON THE MIRROR
Yes, spending too much time on the mirror is also one of the bad habit that will cause your acne even worse. Try looking at yourself in a mirror without picking at your skin and popping your pimples is impossible for some.
It’s understandable to get rid of pimples ASAP. But do you know that this particular problem can cause more deeper problems? It does not only will spread the breakouts, but also leave dark and uncool marks. These behaviors can cause increased redness from squeezing the pus deeper into the skin and sometimes even more scarring.
Bad Habit No 4: VIGOROUSLY SCRUBBING YOUR SKIN
A common mistake is overuse cleansing brush. People see initial improvement then they start using it everyday, some of them even tried using it twice a day. Their skin get worse because excess exfoliation causes inflammation and swelling of clogged pores. To prevent acne, always wash with only lukewarm water or gentle cleanser.
Bad Habit No 5: NOT TAKING A BATH AFTER A STEAMY WORKOUT
Listen, we are not going to pretend like it’s not super tempting after a long day (especially if you’ve hit a happy hour) to just slide into bed without washing and treating your face. But remember when you fall off the wagon and skip a cleansing and moisturizing, it can undo all the progress you make with your skin.
When you work out and perspire, it increases oil production. The increased oiliness along with the bacteria that you might get from your workout place can certainly lead to an acne breakout. Therefore, after your workout try using an antibacterial soap or ideally a benzoyl preoxide wash.
Bad Habit No 6: PICKING AT YOUR SKIN AND POPPING OUT PIMPLES
I know that is hard to stop doing it, and it’s rather fun. But do you know that this action or behavior can cause not only the increasing of redness from squeezing the pus deeper into the skin but also will cause scarring. You will definitely like your face which is full of scar right? Therefore from today onward stop this action and instead keep your hands off your face and let pimples go back down to size with the help of an anti-acne lotion or cream.
Bad Habit No 7: YOUR LAUNDRY SCHEDULE
Yes, we all know that doing laundry is a boring chore,but the payoff is HUGE! Dirty laundry is not only annoying but it is also the main reason causing you acne.
Think about it: Your face lies on your pillowcase for hours at a time, and if it’s not clean, you’re basically rolling around in a bunch of dead skin cells and bacteria. As for that towel of yours? If it’s not fresh from the dryer, you could be wiping germs all over your newly-cleansed skin.
Dirty pillowcases can create all sorts of problems due to a pore-clogging combo of surface germs, oils, sweat and residue from hair products. To stop your sweet dreams from turning into a skin nightmare, wash your pillowcases (or swap them for a fresh set) once a week. And definitely keep in mind that a lot of detergents and fabric softeners contain fragrance that can cause irritation as well.
Bad Habit No 7: TAKING TOO MUCH STRESS
Yes, taking too much stress too, causes skin breakouts. The “Keep Calm and Carry On” catchphrase is not only amusing, it’s also great beauty advice. When you are freaking out or under a tremendous stress, your skin tends to produce stress hormone that lead to major oil production; thus, creating a breeding ground for breakouts.
To avoid anxiety-induced flare-ups, be sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and make room on your calendar for relaxing “me” time. Besides that meditation is also one of the way to reduce your stress and thus your acne!
Bad Habit No 8: YOUR DIET
OK, I know that some of you may have heard “rumors” that eating too much chocolate or anything that is fried or contain too much sugar are practically guaranteed to have zits. But he good news is (kinda)… is that is not totally true. Let me emphasize it again people it is not totally true says Nakhla.
Actually it is the overall unhealthy diet that effects your skin. Having a high glycemic index, which is caused by frequently eating foods known to spike your blood sugar levels (like refined sugar, white bread, pastas, and fried foods), will mess with your body and can cause acne.
Bad Habit No 9: USING DIRTY MAKEUP APPLICATORS (makeup brush etc)
Gross but true: Bristles are a magnet bacteria, dirt and oil. Unless you clean your brushes religiously, that mix of icky stuff can cause a zitty situation.
I know that sometimes we are too lazy to clean up our makeup brushes thinking them will be pretty clean as no one else but you who used it. You are wrong and that’s a one BIG blunder you are making. Dirty particles and makeup leftovers get clogged in the brush and cause acne and other skin infection.
Remember to only use a makeup sponge once and clean your brushes once a week with a brush cleanser or a shampoo. This will keep you germ free — and your skin clear.
Bad Habit No 10: YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS
“Many thick, greasy hair products like pomades and gels are chock-full of ingredients that can drip onto the skin and clog pores. If you’ve noticed breakouts along your hairline, neck, and back, there’s a chance it could be from your products,” says Dr. Bank.
Hair products with oil, silicones, and plasticizers will clog your pores if they get onto your skin, so if you want to wear your hair down (or have fringe touching your forehead), try to steer clear of products with those ingredients.
A small tips here:: Try covering your face when applying these products to keep them on your hair and off your skin.