Can Your Daily Skin-Care Routine Cause Acne?

You may be one of the lucky ones whose clear, flawless complexion comes naturally. But if you’re not, did you know that your daily skin-care routine could actually be one of the causes of your acne, rather than the cure?

Acne is not uncommon. According to the National Institutes of Health, it will affect about 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 at some point (and can even extend well into adulthood).

And while acne can be triggered by things like hormones, diet, certain medications, and stress, other causes of acne can be triggered by a regimented skin-care routine. In their quest for clear skin, many people believe the key to reducing acne is through vigorous cleansing, but that’s not always true: there are many things you may be unintentionally doing that are actually causing your breakouts.

1. Excessive Washing

Does it feel like the more you wash, the cleaner your face will be—especially if you’re in the middle of a major breakout? Washing as part of your daily skin-care routine can remove dirt and oils, yes; but washing too often can lead to dryness and skin irritation, all of which can actually be causes of acne. Wash twice a day—once when you wake and again before bed. If you work out or do another activity that causes you to sweat, cleanse your face after that, as well.

2. Scrubbing Your Skin

It may feel like a good, thorough scrub is the only way to get your acne under control, but that’s not true. Being too rough with your skin can irritate it and cause more acne, not less. Use a gentle, noncomedogenic cleanser to wash, and apply lightly with your fingertips. Distribute in a circular motion, then gently rinse off with warm water (using your fingertips), and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

3. Switching Acne Medicines too Often

Using these can be helpful, but you need to be patient. If you do use an acne medicine or treatment, give it time to work; most products take about six to eight weeks to see improvement. Be patient. Switching too often can lead to more breakouts, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

4. Applying Acne Medication Wrong

It may seem logical to spot-treat your acne, but if you want to prevent new blemishes, it’s best to apply treatment in a thin layer spread evenly over the areas of your skin that are prone to breakouts (such as your nose, forehead, or chin).

5. Trying to Dry out Your Skin

Acne and oily skin tend to go together, so it may feel like you need to dry out the oil with things like astringents, rubbing alcohol, and various acne treatments. Ignore those basic instincts and use those products as directed; drying your skin makes it irritated, which puts you at risk for even more acne. If your skin feels dry, use a moisturizer. Just make sure it’s labeled for acne-prone skin, and use it twice daily after you wash your face.

6. Squeezing or Picking at Pimples

In your quest to get rid of a zit, it may be tough to resist popping it—but that can actually backfire. That’s because you can unintentionally push the bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil further down into your skin when you play around with a zit. What comes next: swelling, redness, more zits, and even scarring.

Dealing with acne can be tough, but not impossible. To reduce the appearance of unsightly acne scars, add PicoSure® to your beauty routine. PicoSure® is an FDA-cleared skin-revitalization treatment for brighter and more luminous skin. Consider it another way of keeping up with your regular beauty maintenance, with no downtime or big financial investment required!

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