Top Ten Acne Mistakes

You could be making your acne problem worse if you are…

1. Using the Wrong Products…
Find the right products and ingredients for your skin type and skin care concerns or issues. Also make sure to always discuss any issues with your dermatologist. He or she can provide expert guidance and recommendations on an ongoing maintenance routine.

2. Using Harsh & Irritating Products…
Using harsh skin-damaging products can be a big acne mistake for skin of color. Using anything that can further irritate the skin could make acne worse, such as harsh cleansers and scrubs. It’s always important to remember to consult a dermatologist for any skin issues or product irritations you’re experiencing.

3. Over-cleansing…
It’s important to keep the skin clean.
Proper cleansing will remove excess oil and dead skin cells, which can lead to breakouts, but too much washing is irritating. Use a gentle cleanser and cleanse the face only two times a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. When washing your face, make sure that you don’t forget to cleanse the hairline (especially if you use oily hair products) and under the jaw.

4. Over-Exfoliating…
Often times, people can over scrub their skin, which can be irritating and make acne worse. In addition to vigorously scrubbing the skin in an effort to get it clean and to clear clogged pores, over-exfoliating and using abrasive scrubs is torture for the skin. All this harsh over-working of the skin can actually dry and irritate the skin and lead to more breakouts.

5. Avoiding moisturisers…
As mentioned in #3, over-drying of the skin can be irritating. Having skin that is too dry can actually lead to oiliness. The skin will naturally try to correct itself by producing more oil, often leading to more breakouts. In addition, many acne medications have ingredients that dry out the skin.

6. Not eating and drinking right…
A well balanced diet also serves to balance out your skin. A diet high in sugar (carbs, soda, etc) and alcohol will do your skin no good. Rather drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables daily.

7. Picking and squeezing pimples…
Picking and squeezing pimples is always tempting, but never a good idea and should be avoided. Why? Picking or squeezing acne bumps can actually lead to more damage. There is an increased risk of scarring and any bacteria on your hands or under the nails can be transferred to the face increasing the risk of infection.” It’s best to keep your hands off your face, period, unless you are doing your skin care routine, of course.

8. Piling on concealer and foundation…
You might be tempted to pile on the makeup to hide pimples and scars, but it’s better to avoid wearing makeup during a breakout. If you do wear makeup, choose a water-based, non-comedogenic formula and be sure to thoroughly wash makeup off at night.

9. Not consulting a dermatologist…
While you might be able to take care of minor blemishes with OTC products, remember that acne can increase the chance of hyperpigmentation and scars in skin of color. If your breakouts are severe, the products are not working, or you’ve noticed that acne is beginning to leave dark spots or scars on your skin, consult a dermatologist.

10. Not sticking with your to acne treatment/skin care routine…
It can be difficult to keep up with your skin care regimen, especially after a long day at work or school, but one of the most essential steps when treating acne is to stay consistent with cleansing your skin and applying moisturisers and any acne treatments. Remember, falling off the wagon one day can undo all the progress you have made.

There you have them; out top ten Acne tips, do you have any other tips, please do share with us.

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