Is there a skin concern more distressing than pimples? As our lifestyles get busier, and fast food, long nights and extended screen time become more prevalent, so do acne outbreaks. Dermatologists, beauticians and herbalists are fighting the tide with cutting edge treatments, but ultimately, your lifestyle choices make an impact. Here are five unexpected causes of those annoying breakouts, which when avoided, can minimise the occurrence of pimples.
One size doesn’t fit all
Your skin is unique, and so your cleansing routine has to be customised according to your particular needs. The product that works for your friend may not be suitable for your needs. Make sure you choose the cleansers and scrubs that suit your skin. This could involve some trial and error, or you could consult a dermatologist to at least determine what your particular areas of concern are. After you’ve found the right products for you, develop a strict regimen that does a thorough job of getting all that dirt and pollution out without stripping your face of its natural oils.
A common misconception about oily, pimple-prone skin is that they require less moisturiser. This is simply not true, and in fact, the longer you go between shower ans moisturising, the more likely it is that you’ll get a zit. After a bath, or after you’ve washed your face, immediately follow up with a suitable toner and some form of hydrating serum, potion or cream to lock in that moisture. Naturally, you’ll have to pick a formulation that suits your particular dermatological needs.
Considering that it’s not feasible (or environmentally responsible) to change your pillow cover daily, your pillow can quickly become a repository for oils, dead skin and other goop that you don’t want on your face. This is particularly problematic if you’re a stomach sleeper. A quick way to avoid having your face pressed up against a pillow through the night is to cover it with a clean towel before you go to bed, and changing that towel daily.
Another source of unwanted oil and dust comes from your hair, which must be kept off your face, particularly when you’re sleeping or applying makeup. Consider loosely tying your hair before bed, or wearing a headband, both when you’re sleeping and when you’re putting your face on.
Phone it in
It’s scary how much time we spend with our faces smooshed up against a phone screen. Facial oils and makeup residue transfer from our faces onto the screen, collect dust and breed bacteria, which catch a ride back onto your face with the next phone call. To prevent this nightmare, you can either start tipping the phone away from your face when you’re talking, which takes some practice before it becomes a habit – or you can start wiping down your phone with wet wipes and hand sanitizer, and stop those breakouts before they even happen.