9 Bad Habits That Are Hurting Your Skin! Try A New Skin Care Routine

african american woman holding face cream(BlackDoctor.org)  – The hardest thing about beauty is that it’s rarely as simple as we try to make it out to be. Even if you do all the things you’re supposed to do to get healthy-looking hair and skin, there are any number of bad habits that can negate all of your good efforts.

Acne, the term for what’s commonly called pimples or zits, occurs when oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells clog hair follicles. People with oily skin may be more susceptible to pimples because of their acne-prone skin, but breaking bad habits can still help them — and everyone else — prevent acne.

Want gorgeous skin? Start by making sure you don’t commit any of these skin-damaging crimes that can result in pimples and blemishes.

Bad Habit No. 1: Washing your skin too often

Though it’s important to keep your skin clean, washing it too often will only make acne worse. Instead, wash your face in the morning when you wake and at night before bed.

Bad Habit No. 2: Vigorously scrubbing your skin

Scrubbing your skin with a washcloth, loofah, or harsh exfoliant will cause significant irritation — and may worsen your acne-prone skin. To prevent acne, always wash with only lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.

Bad Habit No. 3: Not cleaning sweaty skin

After you’ve had a tough workout or been outside in the hot sun, your skin may be covered with sweat. Don’t let it dry on your skin — instead, always bathe or wash your skin promptly after sweating.

Bad Habit No. 4: Picking at your skin and popping your pimples

While it may be irresistible to pick or pop pimples, these behaviors can cause increased redness from squeezing the pus deeper into the skin and sometimes even scarring. Instead, keep your hands off your face and let pimples go back down to size with the help of an anti-acne lotion or cream.

Bad Habit No. 5: Skipping the shampoo

If you’ve got oily hair, that oil can seep down onto your face — and cause pimples. Make sure you wash your hair often enough to keep excess oil off of your forehead, face, and back to help prevent acne.

Bad Habit No. 6: Getting hair products on your face
It’s important to keep hair spray, gel, mousse, or other hair products off your face to prevent them from clogging up your pores. Cover your face when applying these products to keep them on your hair and off your skin.

Bad Habit No. 7: Eating greasy foods

While the food that you eat doesn’t cause acne, greasy foods can make acne-prone skin worse because of the excess oil and grease that can get on the skin from the food itself. So stick to a healthy diet without greasy, fried foods to spare your skin — and your health.

Bad Habit No. 8: Using cosmetics that contain oil

If you’ve got acne-prone skin, the last thing you want to do is introduce even more oil. When you buy makeup and other skin products, look for oil-free options labeled with the terms “non-acnegenic” or “non-comedogenic” to help prevent acne.

Bad Habit No. 9: Stopping your acne treatment

If you’re using prescription acne medications for your pimples, it’s great news when your skin starts to clear up. But that doesn’t mean you’re free to stop using your medication. To keep a recurrent breakout at bay, finish all of your prescription acne medications as recommended by your doctor unless directed otherwise.

Replace your bad skin care habits and practices with good ones to help bring acne under control. With a few simple changes, your skin — not your pimples — will be glowing.

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