Blowing hundreds of dollars on acne treatment? That may all be for naught if you’ve got habits that could be making your skin condition worse.
You know better than to sleep with makeup on or touch your face with unclean hands, but there are also several other (less obvious) things you should stop doing for the sake of better skin. Scroll the gallery to find out what they are.
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1) Putting your phone to your face without cleaning the screen
Oil and sweat from your skin can transfer onto your phone screen, and with every call you make, the grime and bacteria get pushed back into your skin. Sounds like something straight out of a horror movie? Be sure to wipe your screen with a microfibre cloth regularly, and disinfect with some hand sanitiser from time to time.
2) Changing your pillow case too infrequently
Your face is on your pillow for several hours every night, and if it’s dirty, you’re just bathing your skin in of dust and dead skin cells. While it’d be impractical to change your pillow case every two days, you probably shouldn’t go more than two weeks without a new one.
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3) Applying hair products too close to your hairline
If you use anti-frizz products, thick hair gels or pomade, you should apply them away from your hairline—they can irritate your skin and cause more pimples.
4) Washing your face too much
Washing your face excessively will just strip the skin of its oils, which may in turn make it produce more to compensate for the loss. This can instead cause more acne, so try not to wash your face more than twice daily.
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5) Only treating your skin from the outside
You know what they say—you are what you eat. It helps to treat your acne topically, but treating it from the inside is also important. While no foods have been proven to cause acne, foods such as white breads, white pasta, potato chips, cookies, and cakes have been linked to the skin condition. so you might want to cut down on them.
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6) Giving up too soon
It’s easy to feel defeated when you see that there’s been no change to your complexion despite going through a 10-step care routine the night before. You’ve got to give your acne treatments some time to work their magic, so don’t give up on it so easily and stick it out for at least two weeks before switching things up.
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