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Goodbye, bad habits: How to break skincare mistakes that cause acne

Imagine having skin that glows. Isn’t it something we all desire? Your skin is your body’s armour against the world. However, this is often plagued by pesky acne breakouts. Whilst it is important to understand the acne lifecycle, thanks to the skincare mistakes, your skin demands all the care and attention. 

Here are some skincare blunders that lead to the wrath of acne. Bid adieu to these habits for good, reclaiming your skin's natural glory.

Identifying Skincare Mistakes

Skincare Mistake 1: Lack of proper cleansing method  

One of the most common skincare mistakes is improper cleansing. Failing to cleanse your skin thoroughly can lead to a buildup of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, clogging your pores and triggering acne breakouts. To break this habit, make sure to cleanse your face twice daily using a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type.  

We recommend our Face Wash With Salicylic Acid & Thymol T Essence. This gentle cleanser is trust-worthy to reduce any sort of inflammation. It also restores lost moisture. Since it is infused with Salicylic acid, it also helps reduce acne causing bacteria. 

Avoid scrubbing vigorously, as this can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing it to produce even more sebum.

Acne Squad Face Wash With Salicylic Acid & Thymol T Essence

Skincare Mistake 2: Picking and popping pimples

While it may be tempting to squeeze or pick at pimples, doing so can lead to scarring, further inflammation, and the spread of bacteria. It's essential to resist the urge to touch or pop your pimples. Instead, opt for spot treatments containing ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide to reduce inflammation.

Skincare Mistake 3: Over-exfoliation

Exfoliation is an important step in any skincare routine as it helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. However, excessive scrubbing and over-exfoliation can strip the skin barrier and lead to irritation and acne flare-ups. It's important to strike a balance when it comes to exfoliation and opt for a more gentle approach.  

If you need a scrub that does the job just right, then take a good look at Acne Squad’s Exfoliating Scrub with Salicylic Acid. It helps unclog pores and reduces excess sebum production keeping your skin healthy at all times.  

Acne Squad Exfoliating Scrub with Salicylic AcidSkincare Mistake 4: Not using moisturiser for oily skin

Having shiny or oily skin doesn't mean you should skip moisturising. When you cleanse your face, even with just water, some moisture is naturally stripped away, leaving your skin relatively dry. In this case, using a moisturiser becomes crucial. Moisturising helps replenish the lost moisture and safeguard your skin. Hence, never say no to a moisturiser.

Skincare Mistake 5: Ignoring sunscreen protection

Sun exposure can worsen acne and lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Neglecting sunscreen can leave your skin vulnerable to harmful UV rays, which can exacerbate acne and cause long-term damage.  

Incorporate Acne Squad Face Moisturiser with Niacinamide & SPF 25 PA+++. Since this one comes with powerhouse ingredients including Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E, it swears by protecting your skin from harsh aggressors and UV rays as well.

Acne Squad Face Moisturiser with Niacinamide & SPF 25 PA+++

Skincare Mistake 6: Neglecting a healthy diet and lifestyle

Your diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on your skin health. Consuming a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and dairy products can potentially trigger acne breakouts. Similarly, neglecting regular exercise, not getting enough sleep, and experiencing high levels of stress can also contribute to skin issues. Maintaining all these things in your life can help one have acne-

Bonus Tips for Healthy Skin:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink an adequate amount of water daily to keep your skin hydrated from within.
  • Clean Makeup Brushes: Regularly clean your makeup brushes to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
  • Stress Management: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing mindfulness or engaging in hobbies you enjoy. 
  • Gentle Makeup Removal: Use a gentle makeup remover to avoid skin irritation and clogged pores.
  • Change Pillowcases Regularly: Change your pillowcase regularly to reduce contact with bacteria and oils.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1 Can stress really affect my skin? 

 A. Yes, stress can impact your skin health. It can worsen existing skin conditions, including acne, and disrupt the balance of hormones, leading to increased oil production and breakouts. Acne has its own lifestyle that includes 4 stages i.e. Acne prone, clogged pores, breakout, post-breakout. During this time, it’s important to determine which stage you are at to get targeted solutions as per your skin concern.

Q.2 Is it necessary to wear sunscreen even if I'm indoors most of the time?

A. Yes, it is still essential to wear sunscreen even if you're indoors most of the time. UV rays can penetrate through windows and exposure can contribute to skin damage and premature ageing. 

Q.3 What products should I avoid using on acne? 

A. When dealing with acne-prone skin, avoid heavy moisturisers, harsh scrubs, pore-clogging cosmetics, and over-drying acne treatments. Instead, opt for non-comedogenic products specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. Be mindful of the ingredients and choose gentle, acne-friendly options to minimise breakouts and irritation.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Oct 11, 2023
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