Let’s admit it. When it comes to pimples and breakouts, it’s the same cycle. You look at your face in the mirror, notice a particularly juicy pimple, and then there’s this tiny itch to take your fingers and squeeze all the gunk out. Despite knowing exactly why we shouldn’t even pick at our blemishes in the first place, more often than not, we succumb to the same mistake that could eventually lead to more damage to our skin than we realize.
Here’s a list of skincare mistakes that you could be making that could be a cause of those pesky and persistent pimples and enlarged pores.
Believe it or not, if you’re washing your face more than twice a day every single day and you’re noticing breakouts, this could be the reason why. No matter what skin type you are, and regardless of whether your skin is regularly oily, over-cleansing your face with a cleanser will end up stripping away the natural oils used to keep your face moist and hydrated. So, make sure you cleanse your face no more than twice a day daily, with the exception of days where you engage in sweat-inducing activities. And if you’re using a cleanser, make sure you find gentle cleansers that make your face feel comfortable after cleansing instead of feeling stiff.
RINSING TOO QUICKLY:
If you have acne-prone skin, it’s definitely beneficial to use cleansers that contain Salicylic acid as it has anti-inflammatory as well as bacteria-killing properties make them effective in fighting acne. However, if you apply the cleanser and immediately wash it off instead of giving the cleanser some time to work their magic, the effects won’t be seen. You need to really make sure you achieve a thorough cleansing by working the cleanser into a lather and gently massaging into all parts of your face. Concentrate especially in areas where you feel super oily, congested, or particularly blemished, such as your T-Zone as well as the cheeks, the hairline, and jawline.
A common question that those with oily skin types may have when it concerns moisturizing is: “If my face is super oily, why do I still need to use moisturizer? Isn’t that sort of counterproductive?” But in reality, the answer is: you still need to moisturize regardless of your skin type. This is because your skin uses the moisture from within your body to keep itself guarded against the outside elements. After when you cleanse, chances are that along with the day’s worth of grime, dirt, sweat, and even makeup, your natural oils are also being stripped away. In order to make up for this lost moisture, your face will benefit from a moisturizer that not only helps hydrate your skin but also provides with useful antioxidants and nutrients needed to strengthen your skin barrier.
If you haven’t noticed already, sunscreen is super important. Regardless of the weather and whether you wear makeup or not, before leaving the house, it is all the more important to wear a good sunscreen with a good amount of SPF. Regardless of rain or shine, always wear sunscreen after your skincare routine. If you wear makeup, it’s preferred you apply after you finish up your skincare and your sunscreen.
If you ever wore makeup before and you seemed to be breaking out at the same time. It’s really no coincidence. While thick makeup such as foundation helps with the coverage and provides a good and flawless looking base, it can also clog pores and lead to more breakouts. I understand that there are instances when it’s unbearable to leave the house without applying makeup, so I will recommend you try a concealer in place of foundation and using sheer or transparent loose powder afterwards to give your skin a matte texture. Another solution is to use BB Creams, CC creams, or foundations made with special acne-preventing formulations to give your skin a boost in fighting against the blemishes.
If you’re finding breakouts and pimples in areas such as your hairline, your back, or your neck, it means that you could not be washing off shampoos, conditioners, and body washes completely. Particularly, when it concerns products containing ingredients such as silicons, sodium lauryl sulfates, and heavy moisturizing agents, not rinsing off the residue on your skin can result in clogged pores and unwanted breakouts. A method to preventing your breakouts is you make sure you rinse out all the shower residue off your skin.
Stress is healthy in moderation. Overstressing is not. When you overstress, your body produces cortisol, which is a stress chemical that activates your fight or flight response when it reaches high amounts. This panic mode not only causes acne but also increased blood pressure, nervous breakdowns, and other unpleasant feelings that might end up doing your body more harm than good. Practising mindfulness and meditation helps you regain control over your body and help you become more grounded at the present. ￼
There are no miracle cures in this world. Everything depends on tour lifestyle. So if you have acne or scars, don't worry, it is not the end of the world. It your personality that matters and on top of it just do some research to find the products that suit you best. And most importantly, love yourself.