Have you been struggling with acne and it just won’t go away?
Perhaps you feel like you’re doing everything you can and it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.
Maybe, just maybe, you’re doing a little too much.
As it turns out, less can very well be more when it comes to clearly an acne breakout. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and have compiled a list of what not to do when you have acne.
Ready to see if you’re making one of these mistakes? Read on…
5 Things Not To Do When You Have Acne
1. You Wash Your Face Too Often
One of the most unpleasant side effects of acne prone skin is that it always tends to feel oily and gross. More often than not this makes us want to wash our face to get that fresh, oil-free feeling back.
The problem with this is that when you wash away your skin’s natural oil (also referred to as sebum) it actually prompts your skin to produce more. This constant production of oil can lead to even more breakouts and throw your skin’s pH off balance even more.
Now, the obvious takeaway here is to stop washing your face so frequently, but how many times is too many times?
It is best to only wash your face one daily – before bedtime so you can clean away the day’s grime and remove and makeup.
If you’re anything like us then you love the feeling the waking up and washing your face. It invigorates your senses and actually gives you a hit of energy. The problem with this is that you may be wiping away your skin’s natural oils, which are not only good for hydrating your skin, but have also been found to act like an anti aging serum.
If you absolutely cannot start your day without washing your face then give your skin at least 15-20 minutes post wake up to soak in all those naturally awesome facial oils and opt for a super mild facial cleanser.
If you find your face feeling greasy and shiny throughout the day, try spritzing with our fave acne fighting face spray or use blotting papers. This will freshen you up without stealing away too many oils and instigating sebum overproduction.
2. You Exfoliate Way More Than Recommended
We’ve said it a million times, regular exfoliation is great for acne-prone skin and so many other skintastic reasons (achieving younger looking skin and erasing acne scars to name a few).
Over exfoliation, however, can cause serious damage to your skin and actually worsen your acne.
When used more than 2-3 times weekly, or too aggressively, exfoliation can lead to micro-tearing of your skin. If you are already experiencing a breakout this may cause you to tear open pustules and whiteheads, spreading the bacteria and bringing on a whole new bout of acne.
Rough exfoliation can also seriously irritate sensitive skin leaving you looking red and raw, not to mention dehydrated.
The best way to exfoliate is using gentle circular motions on damp skin. A textured face cloth can provide exfoliation without the aggressiveness of a gritty facial cleanser too.
3. Your Acne Fighting Routine Takes Longer than 5 Minutes
If you are spending tons of time washing your face, applying masks and serums or any other acne fighting product, then you are likely using too many products.
Fighting acne shouldn’t be a lengthy process. If it is, chances are you are applying far too many harsh products to your skin and causing more damage.
Try going simple.
Stick with just one or two products like a mild facial cleanser and a healthy moisturizer. Skip the serums and masks for now and give your skin some time to recover.
4. You Skip the Moisturizer
We can’t tell you how many people have told us that they skip using moisturizer because they feel it causes acne breakouts.
Instead, they wash their face and leave it.
There are a few reasons why you should not do this when you have acne, but most importantly your skin needs moisture. It needs to remain amply hydrated in order to stay healthy and be able to fight off future breakouts.
Dry skin is susceptible skin and can also make scarring worse.
If you are worried that moisturizing will make your acne prone skin feel greasy and shiny, look for a light facial moisturizer.
Zenmed sells oil free moisturizers that contain SPF that actually feel light and sheer upon application. Check them out here.
Exposed Acne Treatments also sells a moisturizer for acne prone skin that not only heals and protects, but reduces redness and irritation.
5. You Give Up On Your Skin Regimen Too Quickly
Look, we get it – sticking with a skin regimen that feels like it’s not working can make you want to quit and try something new, but you must see it through.
Acne, especially cystic, hormonal acne, can take time to reverse. To regain pH and hormonal balance, among other things requires a lifestyle change and patience.
Results may not happen overnight and while this can be incredibly frustrating, promise yourself that you will try to stick with your new acne treatment for 6-8 weeks.
Remember, your skin may get worse before it gets better but just remind yourself that it’s a sign of your body purging all the nasty acne-causing junk and making way for clearer, brighter looking skin.
Acne is by far one of the most frustrating skin ailments, but you don’t have to suffer longer than you already have.
Follow our list of what not to do when you have acne and start healing your skin today.
If you’ve suffered from acne in the past or are right now and have some tips and strategies that are working for you, be sure to share them in the comment section below and help a fellow beauty babe out!