When you don’t take care of your skin, regardless of its skin type and texture, you lead to certain conditions that can become lifelong problems. Acne is a common skin problem that affects both men and women. Although known to occur in adolescence, acne can also cause adult people who make skin care mistakes, are stressed out, or aren’t doing enough for their skin.

Dr Stuti Khare Shukla, a dermatologist who is often referred to as India’s ‘hair growth queen’, listed several everyday ways bad habits that can lead to acne and what you can do about it. Continue reading.

* High carb diet

Acne can be caused by consuming too many carbohydrates, such as dairy products. Eating a balanced diet Rich in antioxidants, such as green leafy vegetables, can aid in the treatment of acne. Sugar and carbs, including junk food like chips, chocolate, and ice cream, should be avoided as they are a major cause of bloating and breakouts.

* Certain drugs

Certain medications can mess with hormone levels in your body, leading to acne-like breakouts. When handling prescribed medications, always consult your doctor.

* Don’t shower after workout

Mechanical acne is a type that occurs when we wear tight clothes during exercise and don’t shower afterwards. This is because heat and sweat are trapped and bacteria begin to multiply. We should bathe regularly and clean our face properly.

* Excessive exposure to sunlight

Long-term sun exposure can cause unwanted skin inflammation, and sunburn causes more dead skin cells to accumulate, which clogs pores and causes more breakouts. It even makes our skin sweat more, creating more space for bacteria to grow.

* Insufficient sleep and inactivity

Not getting enough sleep can make you stressed, cause your body to secrete abnormal hormones, causing acne. It’s important to exercise two or three times per week to keep your hormones in balance, as hormonal imbalances are one of the leading causes of acne.

When you try to pop a pimple, you push the infection deeper and spread underneath the skin. (Image: Getty / Thinkstock)

Here’s what you can do instead:

1. Maintain facial hygiene

Wash your face two or three times daily with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. In addition to washing your face, moisturizing your skin is also important, especially if you have combination or oily skin. Most people don’t moisturize, because they believe their skin produces enough oil, but this actually backfires. To compensate for the loss of water, your skin will produce more oil.

2. Clean makeup tools regularly

Clean makeup as well as any other items that come into contact with facial skin, such as cosmetic sponges and reusable pads, Clarisonic brush heads, tweezers, and eyelash curlers.

Bacterial counts on these devices can increase to higher levels than on the skin. Our skin has a natural defense against bacterial overgrowth. If our skin function is compromised, like in acne patients, then using a contaminated tool can aggravate it.

3. Doesn’t make acne

When you try to pop a pimple, you can easily push the bacteria deeper and spread underneath the skin. This only adds to the congestion, swelling, and redness of the acne. It also increases the likelihood of scarring.

4. Use the right products

We often buy skin care products with high oil content that cause acne. We should buy non-comedogenic products to avoid excess oil on the skin. Take a skin sensitivity test to know your skin type and characteristics, then buy products that are right for your skin. If you have skin problems, it is wise to consult a dermatologist before purchasing a product.

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