Everyday Habits that Cause Acne

What Causes Acne?

Acne, simply put, is the worst. It leaves unwanted marks on our face and scars that can last a long time, especially when our skin isn’t taken care of properly. Acne scars are mostly due to an inflamed pimple that spreads into the deeper layers of the skin. If acne is mild, like blackheads or whiteheads, it can heal with little to no scarring. However, inflammatory acne, such as big pustules, usually leave textural changes, as it affects the skin’s deeper layers.

Acne scars are more difficult to treat than acne, and some of your everyday habits may be unknowingly and unintentionally making the situation worse. To help, we recommend breaking the following habits to reduce potential acne scarring.

1. Picking Your Pimples

We’ve all heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: popping a pimple will do more harm than good. Our hands are a major source of bacteria build-up. Picking or manipulating the affected area will increase the risk of both discoloration and scarring. Not only will it make the situation worse, but it will take longer to heal, and it will be more noticeable on the face.

Resist the temptation to pop a pimple at all costs, even if you think it looks like it’s come to a head and is ready to come out. We recommend applying a spot treatment instead or, better yet, consulting with a skin specialist to properly heal it.

2. Not Wearing Sunscreen

When we’re outside in the sun, exposure to UV rays causes extreme damage to the skin. UV exposure with no protection will not only make you more prone to acne scarring, but it will darken the scar and prolong the healing process. We recommend applying an SPF sunscreen 15 minutes before you step outside to ensure protection.

3. Applying Too Much Makeup

It may be tempting to overload on makeup foundation, especially when we’re trying to cover up imperfections on our face. However, over applying can irritate the skin and actually make your acne and acne scars worse. Thick products can clog your pores and trap bacteria and oil underneath the surface.

If you absolutely need to wear makeup, we recommend using a light foundation with oil-free and non-comedogenic options.

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