3 Things To Never Do To Your Skin

African American woman curly hair covering faceHaving radiant, youthful, healthy skin isn’t a birthright. Nor is it as simple as washing your face twice daily. In fact, factors such as genetics, drinking coffee or alcohol, smoking, sleep patterns, even the temperature of water you use in the shower can play a major role in maintaining beautiful skin. To put an end to wrinkles, acne, sagging, dull skin, steer clear of these three major skin sins.

Don’t take long and hot showers

“You might think that a steamy shower or long bath would help by hydrating the skin. But, taking this to the extreme can have the opposite effect, leaving your skin dry, cracked, and irritated. Very dry skin can progress to inflamed skin that may itch,” David Lortscher, MD, CEO and Founder of Curology, tells BlackDoctor.org.

Why does this happen? “Hot water will strip your skin of natural protective oils, and scrubbing long and hard or using harsh soap will further compromise the barrier that your skin naturally produces to protect your body from the outside world,” added Lortscher.

Don’t pop that pimple!

“If you are faced with an angry blemish—resist the temptation—do not squeeze or pick! If you can’t resist and pop a pimple, then makeup on top of that is not a good idea. At best, it can look like oatmeal, and at worst it may interfere with healing,” he advised.

Instead, first “try to nip acne breakout in the bud!” said Dr. Lortscher. “We want to prevent new blemishes, not ‘chase the old ones around,’ so we advise our patients to apply their custom Curology medication all over their face daily. When you treat preventatively, over time, you’ll have fewer and fewer blemishes that need covering up!”