It’s important to have a good skincare routine for your face if you want to keep your face clear of any acne. However, even the best skincare regimen can be undone by certain behaviors that can cause or at least contribute to acne breakouts.
Here are five things you do in your everyday life that increases the chances that you get acne.
Using the Same Old Towel to Dry Your Face
When you wash your face or have a shower, it’s important to have a separate towel that you use only to dry your face after it is clean and to change it with a new one every week. The problem is that even after you wash yourself, you’re never 100% fully clean.
You get a bit of dirt, dead skin cells, soap, makeup, shampoo, and so on the towel as you dry yourself with it. All of it builds up over time, especially if you use only one towel for everything, and you start rubbing it back onto your face every time you use it.
Forgetting to Remove Your Makeup Before Bed
At the end of the day you should always make sure you remove any makeup you’ve applied to your face before going to sleep.
There are a number of reasons for this:
- Makeup captures debris and toxins in the air through the day
- Makeup clogs your pores after a long enough period of time
- Makeup does not let your skin breathe and recover during sleep
All of these are contributing factors to an acne breakout. While forgetting something like mascara for one night won’t do a lot of damage you should avoid leaving any makeup on overnight as much as possible.
Using Makeup with Artificial Coloring
The makeup products you use can have a big impact on the health of your skin, with ingredients that can help protect your skin and those that can damage it.
One of the big ingredients in makeup or sunscreen products to avoid is called FD&C — it is an artificial coloring ingredient that is produced from petroleum.
It is used in a lot of makeup products such as blush or lipstick to give more vibrant color, but can also irritate and damage your skin to cause a breakout. If you’re finding you get acne around your cheeks or mouth a lot, try switching the makeup you use.
Drying Your Face Too Much
A lot of people think that having your skin dry and devoid of any oil or moisture is important, but actually having skin that is too dry can damage your skin and cause a breakout. The problem is that without the oil, your skin produces naturally to protect your skin and keep it hydrated, it gets irritated and more likely to develop clogged pores and acne.
The problem isn’t any oil at all, it’s when your skin gets too oily, and when you use harsh soaps and scrub your skin dry with a cloth, your skin tries to compensate by kicking its oil production into overdrive. So not only do you remove the protection of the oil for a time, you wind up potentially causing your skin to produce too much of it in response.
Wearing Clothes that Don’t Breathe
Clothing that uses material that does not breathe, such as polyester, can be a big problem for your skin. They cause problems like sweat, dead skin cell buildup, oil, dirt and debris to be trapped between your clothing and skin.
As those all build up, they clog your pores and can create the conditions for outbreaks of acne on your body. It’s better to wear clothing that at least partly uses natural fiber materials such as cotton, so you are likely to have breakouts of acne on your body.
All of these things have something in common: they are daily habits anyone can fall into that have an adverse effect on skin in ways we would be easily obvious. Simply by making choices with things like clothing or towels, serious breakouts of acne can be prevented. Prevention is always easier than healing!
If you break these daily habits, you’ll help reduce your risk of acne.