5 Acne-inducing Habits You Need to Let Go
Hope you had a great weekend! I have been thinking lately that winter is almost bidding us a farewell and soon the sunshine won’t be as appealing as it seems these days. The hotter days are coming. I was reading an article recently which stated that majority of youngsters become the victims of acne and breakouts when the puberty hits them but the problem doesn’t seem to end even when the adolescence is over. People, regardless of the gender differences, go nuts in searching for ways to fix acne but they ignore their routine. It is true that our diet is not as pure as it used to be back in the days, which, by the way, is the root cause some of the most common health and skin problems.
If a clean and balanced diet is part of your lifestyle but a new zit breaks you out quite often then there are chances that you are doing (or not doing) one or more of the following things. Keeping your face free of dirt, excessive oils and makeup is one way of getting started but there are other things as well that need to be taken care of. Here are 7 of the most effective habits that you need to adopt to keep breakouts and acne at bay.
1) Maintain a good skincare regime
Acne-prone skin needs extra care and attention. If you are maintaining a good skincare routine, bingo; if not, you need to be at it. There are a lot of things that you can do to minimize as the list is never-ending but some of them are must-dos for every day. Free you skin from all excessive oils, dirt, pollution and makeup so that the pores don’t get clogged and the skin has the time to breathe and heal. Washing your face at least twice a day with an appropriate face was is a MUST. Exfoliate twice or thrice a week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Most importantly, cleanse your face before you hit the sack at night.
2) Wash Your Makeup Brushes and Sponges
This is important. Take time out at least once a week to wash your makeup brushes and sponges the right way. Dirty and over-used brushes are home to countless bacteria and pimple causing germs so they need to be washed properly. To get started, dunk your brushes and sponges into warm water for some time. Swipe them over on a cleansing bar and work it into soap leather. To keep them soft, use some conditioner and wash with clean tap water. Let them dry and then they are good to use again. Keep them in a separate case rather than tossing them directly into your purse. Also, sharing is NOT caring when it comes to your personal care products so be a little cautious before experimenting with you stuff on your BFF’s face.
3) Sleep on a Silk Pillow
I have mentioned the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillow instead of a cotton one. It is not only beneficial for your hair but it is absolutely essential for great skin and a good night’s sleep. The slippery finish of silk makes the sleep time less troublesome for your hair and skin as it is almost friction free. More friction means more irritation on the face and yes, more frizzy hair! You don’t want that, right?
4) Don’t Pop a Zit
I know waking up with a new pimple on your face is depressing but popping it with your fingernails is even worse. That can leave your face with more germs and well, acne scars! I have seen people doing it quite casually but it needs to end ASAP. Harmon misbalance also induces acne and breakouts but mostly, it is just a phase that gets fixed over time so don’t go all hands and touching on your face. Popping a pimple won’t do any good, trust me, rather it will welcome more.
5) Keep a Sanitizer Handy
We are dependent on our hands for so many things like it’s not even funny so they better be clean most (if not all) of the time. Our on-the-go lifestyle leaves us with less time to actually wash our hands time and again but keeping a hand sanitizer always ready proves to be of great help.
6) Keep Your Cheeks Mobile-Free
If you one hell of a talker and spend most of the time on phone then prefer using hands-free or a Bluetooth device. The heat of the device, combined with our body heat, stirs up bacteria, oil and irritation on our face, especially the cheeks, which cause the skin to breakout.
7) Opt for Fragrance-free Formulas
There are some skincare products that specifically mention “fragrance-free” on their packaging and you should instantly opt for them. I know the smell of some cosmetic products is addictive and you just get carried away by their alluring aroma but it’s the very reason of irritation, redness and breakouts for those who have sensitive and acne-prone skin. So as far as your favorite cream or serum states that it’s fragrance-free, great, otherwise it’s time that you look for another awesome option.
And we’re done! Hope it was helpful enough to guide you (don’t forget to share your feedback!). Have a great week ahead and stay at your best! Until next time.