We often blame our hormones, our genes, or our family’s medical history for our acne problems. While these may be valid culprits especially to people prone to this skin problem, there may be other reasons why you’re more of an acne magnet than the rest of your friends. Have you ever looked at your habits?
Here’s the list of habits that experts say you need to break if you don’t want to spend the rest of your life (or at least a considerable chunk of your life) with acne.
Habits That May Be Causing Your Acne Problem
Using sunscreen and makeup with acne-triggering ingredients.
There are some ingredients in skin care products that can irritate the skin and trigger a breakout. In case you don’t know them yet, make sure to steer clear of makeups and sunscreens that have artificial color, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum, isoprophyl myristate and artificial fragrance. Since we’re already on the topic of fragrance, make sure you don’t spritz perfume on your face. Spray it on your wrist first then rub your wrist on your neck.
Over drying your skin.
While experts agree that overproduction of oil is one of the culprits of acne, over dying your skin with harsh cleansers, toners and treatments is not the solution. You see, when your face is dry, your skin tries to correct this by producing more oil. More oil can mean more acne!
The solution? Don’t skip on your moisturizers people! For those afraid to moisturize because they don’t want an oily, greasy face, go for moisturizers like Argan oil. Argan oil has nutrients that are just wonderful for the skin. The oil contains essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, ad sterols which help keep the skin moisturized. A number of Argan oil users are reporting improvements on their acne condition with regular use of the oil. It may be because of the oil’s essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are believed to help bring down overproduction of sebum which we know is one of the culprits blamed for acne. However, it is important to note that there has not been much scientific study done on the oil’s effectiveness against acne. You may take the word of Argan oil users and give the oil a try and see if your acne problem subsides.
Being too lazy.
Some over cleanse and over dry their face. Others, meanwhile, under cleanse or are just too lazy to do anything, No matter how busy your schedule is, never skip your morning and evening skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturize.
Touching your face.
If you can help it, never touch your face. Your hands just have too much bacteria even if you’re an obsessive compulsive who washes with alcohol every minute. When I say touch, this includes objects touching your face as well like cellphones and dirty makeup brushes. Remember to wash your brushes with shampoo once a week.
Succumbing to stress.
Don’t add a reason to stress yourself by having more pimples. Chill a little. Stress increases hormones that can trigger a stressful outbreak.
So are you guilty of any of these habits?