Top 10 Acne Mistakes
Acne is the most common skin concern everyone experiences at least once in their entire life.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t annoying and pesky.
it mainly occurs in teenagers but adults can have it too.
some people experience acne horribly. It kills confidence and some cystic acne is so painful both physically and mentally that it affects one’s everyday life.
If you are suffering from acne right now and may doing a mistake with your skin that you don’t know is the top acne mistake.
Don’t worry. if you don’t know the mistake you are making, after reading this blog you have a complete idea about what you have to do or don’t.
Do you know -all acne is not equal? there are different forms of acne that may develop on the face.
Blackheads (consisting of oil, dead cells, and sebum; they turn black when exposed to air)
Whiteheads ( consisting of the same material as blackheads but whiteheads are open pores while blackheads stay closed)
blackheads and whiteheads are collectively known as non-inflammatory acne.
Papules: they are small pinkish or reddish bumps appear on the surface of the skin due to clogged pores.
Pastules: they are pimple containing yellowish fluid or pus.
the can cause scarring when picked or popped.
Nodules:they are large and painful pimple that deep in your skin.
Cystic: cystic acne is pus-filled swollen bump on the skin; they can hurt just to touch.
Pastules, nodules and cystics are collectively knowns as inflammatory acne.
Let’s get back to the main question- Top 10 Acne mistakes you are doing right now and how to fix them.
Here’s what we will discuss in this post
- What is the acne mistake you are doing right now.
- What is the reason behind making your mistake.
- How you will solve the problem and get clear skin.
1. Picking or squeezing pimples
I know it is old enough to say, don’t touch your zits. especially in this era where we all know that. But have we really stopped doing it entirely?
The answer is NO.
picking or squeezing your pimple is oh-so-satisfying and tempting, but it is problematic too.
this leads to the spreading of infection all over your skin and makes more breakouts.
sometimes it can cause scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Do you want it?
I hope NO.
So, stop doing it,
And if you want it desperately just for your inner satisfaction
leave it for a professional to extract.
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2. Not washing or Over-washing your face
sometimes you are too lazy to wash your face properly.
your skin goes through a lot in a single day. there’s sweat, sunscreen, and makeup on your face, building up bacteria from dust or your hand, and excess sebum all these factors are responsible for clogging your pores and causing your skin to be more prone to breaking out.
so, it is not just important; it is the staple part of your skincare routine to cleanse your skin properly.
on the other flip, overwashing your face is just as dangerous as not having your face clean.
people with oily and acne-prone skin tend to wash their faces more and they think cleansing several times a day will solve their problem.
but over-cleansing will irritate your skin and cause your skin to produce more oilier over time.
Even since I was a teen, I had a tendency to wash my face at least 3–4 times a day with harsh cleanser to strip all oil.
over-drying had satisfied me enough and I thought by saying to myself- Honey Now your skin is clean and clear. you have a glass skin!
after one to two hours, my skin gets back all the oil I washed off.
And the cycle went on.
do you want to make the same mistake?
if your answer is yes, then stop reading this post,
Go and do it.
And If your answer is No then continue reading.
The study has said that- in an ideal time, you should wash your face at least two times per day
And after sweating.
Always use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t ruin your skin barrier.
3.Using a harsh face scrub
There is no such bad thing than using a physical scrub on active acne.
Unfortunately, I made that mistake
And I can’t tell you how horrible it was. My acne got worse and spread all over my face. By the way, I used a DIY sugar scrub and some branded physical scrub. ( I can’t remember the name actually.)
So, a BIG NO NO for physical scrub.
instead, opt for a chemical exfoliator containing salicylic acid.
Trust me, salicylic acid is one of the most helpful ingredients in terms of acne.
it dissolves all the dirt, oil, and excess sebum that blocked your pores.
salicylic acid unclogged your skin pores
and leaves your skin clean, smooth, and refreshed without causing any harm.
4.Not moisturizing your face
DO I NEED TO MOISTURIZE MY OILY SKIN?
The short answer is- YES.
moisturizer is even more important for people with oily skin.
Do you know, oil is your skin’s most valuable asset? it keeps the skin smooth, moist and protects against acne-causing environmental.
also, it does a lot more than you think.
it hydrates your skin
creates a natural skin barrier to maintain healthy skin
reduce inflammation levels
skipping moisturizer can lead to the skin being dehydrated.
with prolonged dehydration, your skin is at greater risk of inflammation and infection.
Dehydrated skin may increase the possibility of more breakouts by producing more oil to conduct the function of the skin barrier.
there are two types of moisturizers you can found-one is oil-based and the other one is-water based or gel-based.
gel-based or water-based moisturizer is best for acne-prone skin as it doesn’t contain any oil and pore-clogging ingredients that eventually result in the breakout.
5.Overusing the same active ingredient in multiple steps of your daily routine
using so many acne-fighting products in your routine is another mistake.
often time we think it is necessary to buy an entire acne “kit” from a brand.
it is simply just not necessary.
Adding active( salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and other acne fighting essential) in every single step like cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and spot treatments can occur irritation and make the skin over-sensitized.
limiting the active base from your skin care regimen to one product first should be your prime concern.
use gentle, non-irritating, and hydrating skincare products to minimize the sensation of treating acne.
6.Using oily and comedogenic product
the mistake occurring with the lack of knowledge about skincare is using oily and comedogenic products.
the product containing oil, and comedogenic ingredients clogged your pores and potentially lead to acne.
you have to be conscious about selecting a product for your skin
look for an oil-free- non-comedogenic product by checking the ingredient list.
7.Using DIY and NATURAL remedies for acne
neither am I a huge fan of DIY and natural skincare nor against them.
I have applied some of them which eventually led to my skin sensitizing and harsh.
I would just like to prefer by saying that all NATURAL skincare is not
“safer” for your skin. especially toothpaste and lemon.
toothpaste has antibacterial properties but it is formulated for your teeth, not your skin.
and using lemon juice can be very strong for your skin as it contains acid of PH 2.
The acidity with pH 2 can damage your skin permanently if you have very sensitive skin.
Also, it can make your skin more inflamed and irritated.
some other natural ingredients such as baking soda, cinnamon, and essential oil directly putting your skin should be avoided at any cost.
stick to your basic and simple skincare routine that is scientifically proven to treat effectively on acne.
you can read this post –The best Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin (Morning & Night)
It can help to heal your acne.
8.Not changing your pillowcase & towels
when not washed regularly, pillowcases and towels trap sweat, oil, and bacteria from your skin and environment from daily use.
That contribute to causing acne.
You should clean your pillowcases and towels thrice a week. (BEST)
Or if you feel a bit lazy then at least once a week is a must.
9.Not cleaning phones/gadgets/glasses/headphones
This is one of the underrated acne mistakes you are doing right now.
your gadgets and glasses often develop bacteria from sweat, and moisturizer later it causes acne on your face.
so, be aware of them.
clean your gadgets regularly to prevent developing bacteria
10. Not seeing a dermatologist
it is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Not all acne is the same.
there is some other skin condition that looks like exactly acne but they are not actually acne.
Hence you could treat them wrongly and make them worsen.
A dermatologist can help to treat your acne effectively.
moderate to severe acne should be seen by a skin doctor as soon as possible.
they will also help with scarring that is left from breakouts.
These are the top 10 acne mistakes you could make right now.
Stop doing these immediately and notice the progress of your skin.
Take lots of love dear