No matter how expensive or ‘miraculous’ your acne cream claims to be, it will never produce the desired results if you fail to meet it halfway. This means you have to cover the basics by letting go of the bad habits that transform your skin into a pimple factory. These sins can not only delay healing but can potentially spread the infection and make it worse. To help you break free from these habits, we listed down all of the things that you should avoid in a concise and to-the-point manner. Without further ado, here are the 7 transgressions that are leading you away from the righteous path of acne-free skin.
1. Touching and Popping
Consider your hands as aircrafts that fly in millions of bacteria to your face from doorknobs, handles, towels, toilet seats and several other nasty places. There is only one way to stop this from happening. You guessed it, you need to stop touching your face. When an acne does pop up, you should also restrict the urge to pop it as it can spread the acne-causing bacteria to other locations. As an important side note, never touch an acne located between the inner ends of the eyebrow to the two outer tips of the lips. Also called the “triangle of death”, this triangular area surrounding the nose is highly susceptible to serious and potentially life-threatening infections.
2. Leaving Your Makeup On
No matter how hard you partied, make it a point to wash off the makeup completely before hitting the bed. Makeup covers up the pores of the skin, which in turn allows sebum (skin oil for the uninitiated) to build up. This oil build up creates the perfect grounds for sprouting fresh pimples.
3. Missing The Much-Important Post-Workout Shower
Get rid of the stickiness immediately after a sweaty workout session. Sweat, along with dirt and bacteria gets trapped in all that stickiness and your best bet is to wash it off using a mild soap before it can cause pimples.
4. Not Reading The Product Label
Just because a product says that it’s suited for oily skin does not mean that it actually is. Instead of being captivated by the buzzword-riddled marketing label upfront, turn the product container around and read the label.
5. Exposing Skin to Dirty Items
Dirty pillowcases, makeup brushes, and phone screens can expose your skin to acne-causing bacteria. Make sure to clean them regularly before bringing them into contact with your face.
6. Frantically Trying to Find That ‘Magic’ Product
Poof! And the pimple is gone. If that’s your expectation when you try a new anti-pimple product then you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Acne products usually take days to work their magic, till which time you need to patiently follow the instructions on the box.
7. Not Paying Attention to Hair Care Products
An oily hair care product that seeps down to your face can usher in dozens of pimples in a short period of time. As a general rule, keep your face covered and your hair away from your face when applying any hair product.
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