So you think that you have finally outgrown acne when you left your teenage years behind.You are wrong. Some people suffer from acne even after their teens. Acne can be just like a curse that won’t go away.
You probably know by now that acne is caused by the overproduction of oil and accumulation of dead skin cells. What you don’t know is that there are other reasons for your acne that you may not even be aware of. Instead of cramming your beauty drawer with different treatment products, find out what these causes are and learn how to prevent and treat them.
If it touches your face, it should be clean.
You may have heard the advice to stop touching your face. Your hands touch a lot of things and typically accumulate a lot of dirt and bacteria which can be transferred to your face. Wash your hands regularly with a mild soap and warm water.
What else touches your skin? It’s not only the hands we are talking about here. Objects that put pressure on your face such as cell phones, playing the violin, leaning your face on your hands and wearing a cap or hat can also cause acne to breakout. Make sure that the surface of any object that might touch your face gets regular cleaning, as well.
Dirty makeup applicators are an even bigger culprit than you think. Your makeup tools are loaded with dead skin cells and bacteria that can clog your pores and cause zits to breakout. Keep your brushes clean with a regular weekly wash using a brush cleanser or shampoo.
Clothing and fabrics
Your laundry schedule can have a big effect on your acne prevention program. So are the kinds of fabric that your skin comes in contact with such as clothes and bed linens.
The fabrics touching your skin may be making your acne worse. Bacteria like damp and sweaty clothing and fabrics and they thrive in these conditions. Don’t sit around in sweaty clothes, take them off immediately and take a shower.
Bed sheets and pillow cases come in contact with your skin every night. Keep your bedding from becoming a haven for bacteria and wash those sheets regularly. Towels and washcloths can also accumulate dirt and bacteria so keep those clean as well. It is recommended that you change your pillowcases twice weekly and to use a fresh towel every day
Falling off the wagon of skin care routine
There are times when you feel you are too tired to even wash your face at night. You shouldn’t let all the improvements your skin has undergone take a back slide. Establish a daily routine and keep to it.
Wash you face at least twice daily with a mild cleanser and warm water and follow it up with a moisturizer such as Argan oil. A nightly ritual of Argan oil can help prevent dry skin and replenish the natural oils lost during the day.
There are many reasons for an acne breakout and some of them may not be very obvious. Knowing about these habits causing acne can help you treat and prevent acne more effectively.