Hidden Skincare Dangers. 8 Things that May be Making Your Acne Worse
Sometimes, skincare dangers are in the places we least expect. Read on to learn how to save your skin.
The dirty towel
How many times do your
use a towel on your face before you grab a new one? If your answer is
anything other than "once," you might want to rethink your habit. Even
if you only ever use the towel on freshly cleaned skin, there's a chance
your skin isn't 100% free of bacteria. Any residual bacteria can
transfer to the towel, and if you use that towel again you're putting it
right back on your face. The point is, if you want to keep your face as
clean as possible, and thus your skin as clear as possible, err on the
side of safety and use a fresh towel every time.
The dirty brush
If you use makeup
brushes on a regular basis, you should be washing them regularly to
avoid bacteria on your face. Try wiping them with a gentle makeup
remover cloth after each use, and deep clean them once a week. For the
deep clean, mix some gentle shampoo into the brush head under lukewarm
water. Rinse well and allow to air dry.
It is recommended that all color cosmetics such as
eyeliners, blushes (both powder and gels), foundations, powders,
lipsticks, bases, etc. are exchanged at LEAST every 6 months after being
opened as ingredients in them may change due to oxygenation and become
more prone to creating clogs, irritating and even causing allergic
Your hair (and what goes in it)
greasy hair can contribute to your breakouts, as your hair is close to
acne-prone areas. Make sure to also keep your hair brush clean for this
same reason. Also, if you're using heavy shampoos, pomades, hairsprays
or other hair products, especially ones with comedogenic (pore-clogging)
ingredients, that may be exacerbating your acne.
The tanning bed (or too much sun)
an unfortunate, and dangerous, rumor that tanning, whether in a tanning
bed or under the sun, will help to treat your acne. You might be
convinced that the appearance of your acne gets better when you tan, but
in reality, you are only making your acne worse. Tanning dries out the
skin, so while your acne may be temporarily "dried up," dry skin
ultimately produces more sebum (skin oil) to counteract the dryness. So
then, you have dry, cracked skin and a whole lot of extra sebum on top
of it: the prime conditions for acne. Tanning will only keep you stuck
in the cycle of acne, not to mention increase your risk of skin cancer
and lead to far more wrinkles than you'll get if you avoid tanning.
The bad ingredients
might think you're free to use whatever you want on your skin, so long
as it's noncomedogenic, but in reality you need to pay attention to
every single ingredient in every product you use. Why? Put it this way:
that ingredient listed in fine print on the back of your SPF
moisturizer? You could be sensitive to it, even if you're not
necessarily allergic to it, and any ingredient that you are sensitive to
has the capability of making your skin dry, irritated and more prone to
acne. If you suspect you might be sensitive to an ingredient or
product, try removing it from your routine for a few weeks, and see
special attention to the ingredients in your SPF, as this is an often
overlooked source of sensitivity, and many ingredients in sunscreen do
more harm than good. The main chemical used in sunscreens is octyl
methoxycinnamate (OMC), which was found to kill mouse cells, even at low
doses. OMC is present in 90% of sunscreen products. Another common
ultraviolet filter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, has also demonstrated
Take a good look at your sunscreen label and beware of the following chemicals:
- Para amino benzoic acid
- Octyl salicyclat
- Menthyl anthranilate
- Trolamine salicyclate
Two ingredients that are better for you are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
The harsh scrub
skincare professionals recommend exfoliating with abrasive ingredients,
for example, raw sugar, in order to remove all the dead skin cells.
It's true this will effectively remove dead skin, but it will also
sensitive the skin and possibly lead to more oil production, or even
create abrasions into which bacteria and excess oil will accumulate,
leading to more acne. Avoid these scrubs at all costs! Exfoliate gently,
and never more than once a week.
The exercise mat
a good exercise, you might be tempted to stretch, hit the showers and
load up on protein and carbs before you go on with your day. But, there
is one other thing you need to add to your post-workout routine:
cleaning your exercise mat. Before you roll it up, wipe it down with a
cleansing wipe or some soap and warm water. Your back-and any other body
part that touches that mat-will thank you for it.
your eye out for any other hidden dangers that might be exacerbating
your acne--and feel free to sound off in the comments!
With a Promise of Clear Skin,