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7 little habits that are wrecking your skin

7 little habits that are wrecking your skin

Skin sins you don’t realize you’re committing. 

7 little habits

If you’ve tried every trick in the book and still have breakouts, maybe it’s time to look beyond the products you’re using. Here are seven things you might be guilty of that could be triggering your acne.

1. Touching your face all the time

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Look at your hands. Now think about all the things you’ve done today — used a public toilet, held onto staircase rails, eaten snacks and licked your fingers but forgot to wash your hands… Every time we touch our face, we allow millions of bacteria and impurities that we’ve picked up throughout the day to meet our pores.

2. Letting your hair down on your face

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The ingredients used in hair products, from leave-in conditioners to serums to styling products, may clog your pores, causing breakouts along your hairline, or forehead if you’re someone who keeps bangs.

3. Not disinfecting your mobile phone 

7 little habits


There’s one thing we don’t think about too much: the cleanliness of our mobile phones. It’s with us everywhere we go. Come on, admit it, you even bring it into the toilet for a bit of light reading. Microscopic dirt and germs can easily build up on its surface, which we gladly put to our faces. Clean it with an anti-bacterial wipe before letting it anywhere near your face — or use your earphones when making a call instead.

4. Working up a sweat

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While sweating is good for clearing pores, it may not be the best thing if your skin is acne prone. Exposing yourself to hot and humid conditions where you sweat — out in the sun, hot yoga studios — is a big no-no. Sweating promotes increased oil production, which can worsen acne if you don’t take extra care to cleanse properly with a thorough skincare routine. 

5. Overuse of creams

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The more creams, the better, right? Wrong. Some acne creams contain strong chemicals that work quickly to dry out acne for fast healing. The problem occurs when we use a multitude of acne-drying products which can over-dry the skin, resulting in further breakouts. A regular acne skincare routine, coupled with a balanced diet, helps to build skin strength from deep within to achieve a soft, acne-free complexion.

6. Picking at your blemishes

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This is as sub-conscious as touching your face. When there’s a pimple or something that itches, the first thing we do is feel and scratch and prod. Sometimes we’re too impatient, and we think squeezing it will help. Do. Not. Touch. It. Allow your skincare products to do all the hard work to avoid the pain and potential scarring.

7. Exposure to smoke

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You don’t have to be a smoker for cigarettes to affect you. Even secondhand smoke from friends or hanging around smoking areas can increase the risk of a breakout. When tobacco burns, harmful particles and toxins from the smoke can enter your pores, which could lead to breakouts and more severe forms of acne, like cysts. Stay far, far away from all that toxic air.