Having to deal with acne may seem like part and parcel of growing up but if it is persistent and still causing you problems well after puberty, then you probably need to do something about it to resolve this skin woe.
But before deciding to go on medications or start acne treatments, you can always take baby steps by making some lifestyle habit changes that will help to improve your skin.
Here are some everyday habits you could be doing that will worsen acne and if any of them resonates, it is high time to start making changes.
1. Trying a new acne treatment every week or so
It is only natural to want quick and long-lasting results when trying out a new acne treatment but the reality is that our skin does not work this way. In fact, dermatologists and skin experts have found that it takes our skin at least one month to show results after changing to a new skincare routine. This applies to any kind of skin treatment too; perseverance is key, unless you are experiencing an allergic reaction then it is advisable to stop immediately.
Thus, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend waiting for at least a month or two to allow your skin to reap the benefits of the acne treatment before deciding if it is for you.
2. Using the wrong makeup and skincare products
While makeup is your next best bet at covering up any acne inflammation and scars, making sure you use the right type of products is equally important to prevent your acne from worsening. Look out for makeup products that are non-comedogenic, which means they have been formulated to not clog pores.
When it comes to skincare products, you want to be 100% sure that you are only using those that are beneficial to your skin and will help to improve acne. Acne-friendly ingredients include salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, two gentle exfoliants that help to unclog pores and fight bacteria.
If you have no idea where to start, consider MD Dermatics, a brand that combines the best of dermatological science and natural ingredients in its range of products to target acne.
3. Popping your pimples yourself
It can be tempting to pop your pimples yourself but there is a reason why extraction facials should be left to the professionals.
Estheticians have been trained to gently manipulate the skin surrounding the pimple to expel gunk without actually causing damage that can result in hyperpigmentation. Hence, it is strictly not advisable to do it yourself as you risk wounding your skin, making it harder for your acne to heal.
Exfoliating your skin is great as it removes dead skin cells to allow your skincare products to penetrate deeply into the skin to work their magic. However, over-exfoliating is a thing too and can cause skin damage!
Exfoliating more than necessary compromises your skin’s health barrier, causing it to become dehydrated and making acne worse. If you are wondering how many times you should be exfoliating, sticking to once or twice a week is a good frequency.
You may also wish to try exfoliants such as those that contain AHAs as they do the job without the use of harsh microbeads that can cause tears in your skin.
5. Excessive sun exposure
If you love staying out in the sun, it is perhaps time to make a change as UV rays dry out the skin, causing sebaceous glands to work extra hard in producing more sebum which results in acne. Apart from acne, excessive sun exposure also causes fine lines and age spots to appear way earlier than you would have expected.
Thus, always apply sunscreen before heading out of the house to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. The MD Dermatics Sun Protection Complex SPF45 SP is one to consider as it provides high broad-spectrum sun protection but is also non-comedogenic which means it will not aggravate your acne.
6. A high-carb diet
In case you did not already know, your diet plays a part in how your skin looks too! A high-carb diet causes your body to release a hormone called insulin and too much of it results in a decrease in the proteins that usually bind and deactivate them, causing acne in return.
Although it is challenging to entirely change your diet, cutting down on high-carb foods will go hand in hand with acne treatments to help you achieve clearer skin quicker.
Effective acne treatment in Singapore
With a better understanding of habits that will worsen acne, you can now go ahead and make small changes to your daily routine. But if you are looking for an acne treatment that will complement these changes, try Indulgence Beauty’s Signature Extraction Treatment Facial available in Singapore.
Our estheticians are trained using only the advanced techniques of facial extraction to provide the best results.
Get in touch with us to book an appointment!