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Today’s post is about certain everyday habits that we’re all guilty of, but these habits are surprisingly responsible for your acne breakouts. For those of us who suffer from acne breakouts, we know how stubborn and difficult that skin concern can be. What we don’t realize, though, is that most of us are repeating these habits every single day while not understanding how much they’re contributing to the acne problem.
Let’s take a look at what these common habits are so that we can cautiously avoid them.
1. Not washing your makeup brushes every week:
Washing your makeup brushes on a daily basis is a highly tedious and time-consuming process. So, take the more practical route and make sure to clean and sanitize your makeup brushes on a weekly basis.
2. Not washing tools used with liquid and cream products:
However, with makeup brushes, sponges and other tools that you use with liquid and cream products need to be washed after every single use.
3. Sharing your makeup:
As tempting as it is to borrow your friend’s lipstick or lend your foundation brush, it is important to avoid sharing makeup to prevent infection and acne from spreading.
4. Not cleaning your makeup sponges:
Along with your brushes, make sure to keep your sponges especially clean, as they can be the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Wash them regularly and store them in a clean and dry place.
5. Storing makeup brushes directly in your handbag:
If you use makeup on the go and like to carry your makeup brushes with you, make sure that you don’t dump them directly into your handbag, as they are then likely to pick up bacteria. Store them in a brush case so that they are kept away from other objects in your handbag.
6. Not sanitizing your phone screen regularly:
Your phone screen accumulates a ton of bacteria on a daily basis. Make sure that use something like a hand sanitizer or an anti-bacterial wipe on it to prevent the bacteria from transferring onto your face upon contact with the phone screen.
7. Not changing your pillow cases regularly:
Changing your bed sheets and pillow cases at least once a week will help get rid of oil buildup and residual skincare products that have accumulated onto them. This will go a long way in preventing breakouts.
8. Popping your pimples:
Desperately trying to get rid of a zit? Popping it is not the solution. When you pop a pimple, you’re simply allowing the infection to spread. Use something like apple cider vinegar topically to help the pimple subside and dry up.
9. Not removing your makeup:
Going to bed with your makeup on is a terrible skincare offence. Not only must you make sure to remove every trace of makeup before bed, you must additionally make sure to follow a strict cleansing routine.
10. Using oil-based skincare products:
If your skin is acne-prone, you want to avoid creams and other products that are heavy on oils. Switch to gel-based cleansers, micellar waters and oil-free moisturisers.
11. Eating too much junk food:
Junk food is typically high on sugar, salt and the bad kinds of fats, all of which can cause your skin to be red, inflamed and prone to acne. Switch up the cravings for junk food with interesting preparations of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
12. Including too much dairy in your diet:
Finally, if you find yourself drinking too much milk or consuming too many dairy products in your diet, you may want to consider cutting back on the same, as there is evidence to show a connection between acne and dairy products.