I’ve spent the better part of my life treating acne. Curing problem skin can be terribly complicated, there are many different types of blemishes with a variety of root causes. I often feel like a little beauty detective, trying to crack the code of my clients’ skin condition. This is why its so frustrating when I see people doing things that are aggravating their skin. Our skin is influenced by an interplay of hormones, gut health, liver dysfunction and stress; but its also affected by our own beautycare habits. Unfortunately, many of these are bad habits. This is understandable there is so much skincare misinformation! I should know, when I had acne I was doing this too – so ladies and gents, lets right some beauty wrongs and stop doing the below five things for happier, clearer complexions.
1. Skipping Moisturizer
So many people with acne stop using moisturizer. While they think that this will help become less oily, it simply throws their skin off balance and encourages pores to secrete more oil. Yes more oil. It also makes their skin a lot drier than it naturally would be, leading to major pore-congestion. Instead of your sebum moisturizing your skin’s surface, it gets so dried out that is forms little oil plugs accumulates as clogged pores.
2. Using Alcohol
Alcohol is drying and inflaming. While many think that you need this to dry out blemishes, all it does is irritate the skin and impede it’s barrier function. This means bacteria can permeate easily and red, angry blemishes get even more red and angry.
3. Petroleum-Based Skincare
Petroleum goes by many names: Paraffinium, Propylene glycol, mineral oil… But hidden petroleum in your skincare will block your pores. So many of my clients quickly clear up after eliminating this synthetic ingredient from their regimen – what an easy fix! If you don’t have a professional sorting this out with you, I suggest looking up your skincare ingredients online to make sure that you are aren’t using petroleum under another name in your skincare.
4. Picking Your Face
Picking your face is hard to resist. Unfortunately, if you don’t know how to do it properly, you risk spreading bacteria or pushing it deeper into your skin tissue. furthermore, you can easily damage and scar, leading to permanent skin marks along with blemishes.
5. Avoiding Oil
This is one I was guilty of for years. The misconception that oil leads to breakouts is why so many people opt for oil-free products or to not use skincare at all. This is especially dangerous when that includes avoiding sun protection products for fear that oil content with exacerbate acne. Natural plant oils are one of the best therapies for acne-prone skin as explained in my article featured in the Huffington Post. Oils help to protect, rebalance and heal our skin – all important factors in warding off bouts of acne.