By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 11:28, 01 April 2020
Acne is a skin issue which can be caused by a number of things, and once it flares up, can be pretty hard to get rid of. Acne can be hereditary but may also be partly caused or exacerbated by the lifestyle choices we make.
There are many bad habits which we’re all guilty of that can actually be making your acne far worse than it needs to be, Here, the skincare experts at London Premier Laser Clinics have listed the 7 worst acne inducing habits which we’re all guilty of at some time.
1. Makeup ingredients
Some makeup products include ingredients that really aren’t kind to your skin, If you’ve got acne prone skin then your face won’t thank you if you slather it with products containing harmful nasties. Take Lanolin for instance, Lanolin can be great for dry skin, but it’s not great for oily, acne prone skin and using products with this could majorly damage your skin. Another nasty is the otherwise harmless petroleum which is basically oil, and you don’t need more oil, especially oily skin types. Also keep a watchful eye for artificial colours and fragrance, they’re harsh, unnatural and will potentially cause breakouts.
A common mistake which many acne sufferers make is to slap on the toner in the mistaken belief that it will calm down that oiliness and “dry out” the spots. It won’t. It will irritate your skin and cause too much dryness which in turn will cause an imbalance in your skin and cause more pimples. The best tip is to splash your face with cold water to close your pores after you’ve cleansed your face.
3. Dirty hands
Dirty hands which continually touch your face could be the leading cause of your breakouts. Our hands are touching things continuously and so unless kept regularly clean using soap or hand sanitizer can be filled with germs. We regularly touch our face unknowingly so it can be difficult to curb this habit, however you can do your best to keep breakouts at bay by keeping your hands clean and carrying a hand gel with you at all times.
When we’re stressed, our bodies produce hormones which make acne worse. It’s hard to keep a handle on stress when you’re actually in a worrisome situation or are working hard but introducing some relaxation techniques to your life could really help you to lower those stress levels and reduce the acne.
5. Dirty sheets
Your sheets and pillowcases are teeming with dirt and bacteria, so its super important to try and wash your sheets regularly to keep your skin clean and free from germs, bed linen is a haven for germs so change it often and stick to natural fibres Your face is lying on your pillow case for up to 8 hours a night, so if its unclean this can be super detrimental to your skin. If you can’t be bothered to regularly change your sheets, at least change your pillow cases 2-3 times a week to ensure your skin isn’t being affected.
6. Hair Products
Many shampoos and conditioners are full of oils, plasticizers and silicones and these things really clog up pores. Your hair is on your face and your pillow regularly and those ingredients transfer themselves. Try to use organic, natural hair products where possible.
7. Dirty Makeup Brushes
Dirty makeup brushes when used on skin can cause all sorts of break outs, and many people don’t even realise it’s from them. We know it’s a bit of an ordeal, but try to clean them every week. Like your hands and your sheets they’re teeming with germs and if you could see what’s living on there right now, you’d think twice before rubbing them all over your face.
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