“Where did I go wrong?” might be a common question you suffer from breakouts that just refuse to go away. If you believe you have already done everything that you could to eliminate and prevent it, from skincare solutions to facial treatments, look at this list to see if you have committed any of these mistakes.
Exfoliating your face is an important part of your skincare regime. In fact, exfoliating your skin regularly ensures that you’re removing dead skin cells that could form plugs in your pores, leading to inflammation – which is why you’re breaking out. However, exfoliating too often can irritate acne-prone skin, making it hard for pimples to heal.
What you can do: Keep exfoliation to just once a week. Opt for a gentle scrub that will not irritate your skin.
2. Consuming junk food
What you eat is reflected on your skin’s condition. While consuming chocolates and chips aren’t directly linked to causing your breakouts, they can cause a minor allergic effect on skin, leading to more inflammation – definitely not good news if you’re trying to heal existing pimples. Also, touching your skin with greasy fingers, or not cleaning your mouth thoroughly after indulging in an oily meal can cause further inflammation on skin.
What you can do: Lay them off for a while. Your skin (and waist-line) will definitely thank you for this.
3. Using a dirty mobile phone
We want you to take some time to think about where your mobile phone has been: in your bag (that you fill with a bunch of things and sometimes even food and rubbish), on the hawker centre table, in your hands while digging into another french fry, and then onto your face to answer a call. Obviously, your phone can be the perfect bacteria breeding ground, and if you don’t clean it regularly, chances are you are going to transfer the bacteria onto your skin, causing more inflammation.
What you can do: Clean your phone regularly with an alcohol wipe.
4. Picking and popping pimples
Seeing the heads of those pimples disappear might give you a huge sense of satisfaction, but before you gloat any further, let us warn you that you might be causing your skin to have deeper problems. You may be introducing bacteria from your fingers to your pimples, or causing damage to your skin when it is broken as you pick at it. This doesn’t help with the pimple healing process, obviously.
What you can do: Resist the temptation of touching your face when pimples hit. If you really feel that you need to pop the pimples, leave it to professionals during your facial treatments. The therapists have sanitised equipment and the right skills to help you with it.
5. Skipping moisturiser
The common misconception that people have – pimples are prevalent on oily skin, so if my skin has no oil, I will not have pimples. Unfortunately for you, turning your skin into the Sahara desert is not going to make your pimples go away. Even if your skin is on the oilier side, your skin will always need some form of hydration to give pimples the right environment to heal.
What you can do: Pick a lighter product or an oil-free formula as your regular moisturiser.
6. Piling on too many products
If your skin feels drenched and greasy after your skincare regime, you are probably putting too many things on your face. Try not to use more than two products to target one problem spot. More often that not, doing this does not help your skin and you may end up overloading your already troubled skin.
What you can do: Stick to basic products and don’t overdo the application. The products should be able to absorb thoroughly by your skin, without leaving any residue behind.
7. Using hair products that wreck havoc on your skin
What does your hair have to do with your skin? Well you may not realise this but heavy moisturising agents and silicones found in your shampoo or conditioner can actually be bad for your skin. When your hair is in constant contact with your face, these small agents can seep into your pores resulting in pesky pimples.
What you can do: Draw your hair away from your face when you sleep and consider changing hair products if you suspect they’re causing your breakouts.