When it comes to acne-prone skincare, we probably never thought that we did some mistakes that we think is actually the right thing to do. After all, it is our own skin and of course, we know how to take care of it right? Well, you might want to check that back.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to the reasons your skincare did not work out, like, your diets, daily habits, and your skincare habits as well. If everything you do is wrong, what is right anymore??? Ugh! Now, calm down, you only need a little tweak in your routine to make big changes.
Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Acne Skincare Mistake That You Need To Know
You Cleanse Your Acne Skin Too Often
For someone with acne-prone, sensitive or dry skin, cleansing too much can irritate your skin and will make it easy for bacteria to be inhibited on your skin. Lay back a little on cleansing, and try to use something that is mild and moisturizing so that your skin would not get tugged, dried up, sensitive and dull.
Try out our new Monoskin Bioplant Series that is super mild and soothing. It targets acne, oil, and inflammation while delivers hydration and love to your skin.
You Did Not Cleanse Enough
OMG! First, you cleanse too much, now you did not cleanse enough?! Ok here me out. You have to cleanse your face thoroughly, but not too much. Under cleansed your skin can cause the growth of acne-causing bacteria, oiliness, and sebum.
Not only that, your skin will look super dull because you did not cleanse it properly.
Your leftover makeup will still be on your skin, can make your skin feel rough as well. This is why it is important to double cleanse ith oil-cleanser even if you have oily skin. Oil cleansers should not cause your skin to be oilier because most of them use non-comedogenic ingredients.
So, say no to mineral oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, because it will clog your pores., and choose the one with micellar water infused, or even cleansing balm.
Not only that, when is the last time you cleanse the side of your forehead, under your chin, your neck and nape area, the side of your jaw and behind your ear?
Fail to do so will contribute to inhibition of acne-causing bacteria and sebum build-up. Just imagine all of the sweat and hair products that got stuck on your skin. Yucks. You certainly don’t want that do you?
Choosing The Wrong Acne Products
Knowing your skin type is very important to determine the products that you should and should not use. If you have dry skin and you use the product for the oily skin type, your skin will be drier and dehydrated as products for oily skin function as sebum and shine controller.
Research about your skin more before you invest your money on products. Always go for mild formula if you have sensitive skin, and opt for the one with active ingredients for acne-prone skin.
Layering Too Many Products
Applying too many products can clog your pores, thus, creating a whitehead and blackhead party in your skin. Always limit your skincare to what you need only.
Start with purifying cleanser, refreshing toner, hydrating moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen and work your way up with whatever products and formulation that your skin needs. Like, serum for pigmentation, acne spot treatment or sleeping mask for hydration.
Not everyone needs 10 products in their routine, and some need even more than that.
Tugging Your Eye And Neck Area
Oh, trust me when I say everyone is guilty of this. We never pay attention to the delicate area on our faces such as neck and eye area. These areas are the first areas to show signs of aging.
Tugging your eyes and neck while applying skincare products will make the premature aging sign-waving at you in less than 5 years. Always use your ring finger to apply the product on your eyes and upward massaging motion for your neck to not let them go saggy downwards.
And don’t forget to start using anti-aging products once you hit your 20’s! It is never too late to start taking care of your skin youths.
Overusing Scrub on Acne-Prone Skin
Physical scrub actually can do more harm than good on your skin. Let alone, if you are abusing them by using too much. If you are not using any form of exfoliants such as acids and retinol, you only need to use physical scrub once a week to get rid of the dead skin cell.
Use a scrub that is environmentally friendly and natural, so that you won’t clog your drain and pollute our ocean with microbeads plastic.
Opt for rice grain, coffee ground, and fine sugar. There’s also fruits seed scrub, but seeds ground can be too harsh on your skin and can cause microtear that will lead to bacteria crawling into your skin easier, thus causing acne.
If you want to play safe, use Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid instead. Start with low that is mild enough for acne-prone skin and will not cause stinging and inflammation.
Acids not only is a good form of exfoliant, but it is also a master of acne slayer and super in controlling oil production. Give it a try, but you might also like it!
Mixing Active Ingredients
Many of you did not know that some of the ingredients are not meant to be mixed together. Like, retinol, acids, and vitamin C.
While each of them serves different purposes, they are very dangerous to be used together. This will cause your skin to be extremely sensitive and stinging and will thin your skin layer as well.
If you have certain problems to combat with different types of active ingredients, try to incorporate them into your skincare alternately.
Try two days of retinol, and the next two days of glycolic acid, and repeat the other two days with retinol again. This will gives you the solution to your skin problems that you need! Check out our retinol 101 posts to know more about how to use your active ingredients.
There you go guys, sometimes we really need to step back and observe our routines and habits to get the most out of our skincare and our money as well. It is so not fair if you paid for a hundred ringgit serum but did not know how to use it properly right? Until next time!