Skin care steps
News flash: You may be washing your face wrong. There actually is a right and wrong way to keep your skin clean. And doing it wrong might be allowing your acne to hang on.
Follow these tips to help keep your skin clean and your outbreaks at bay:
Don’t pop pimples.
Wash your face.
Ditch the washcloth.
Use your fingertips.
Turn off the hot water.
Dry your face – gently.
Moisturize, even if you have oily skin.
Wash your hair.
We know it’s tempting. Sometimes even oddly satisfying. Popping pimples can cause inflammation and possibly lead to infection. It can also aggravate your acne which makes it look even worse. In some cases, it causes permanent scarring. So keep your pinchers to yourself!
Use a gentle, non-irritating cleanser and wash your face once or twice a day and always immediately after a good sweat. But don’t go too cleanser-crazy: washing more than twice a day can dry out your skin and strip away some of the moisture that your skin needs. Dry skin is acne’s nemesis. It can aggravate acne and make it look worse.
We know it’s tempting to use a little muscle, but give your biceps a break. Your face is the thinnest, most delicate skin on your body. So being abrasive is never a good idea. Scrubbing irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Be gentle.
Washcloths and sponges can irritate the skin with their rough textures and their bacteria overload. If you must use a washcloth, use a soft one and a new one each time.
When you use your fingertips instead of your whole hand to wash, you avoid irritation. Gently rub cleanser into your skin in a circular motion using just your fingertips. Thirty seconds is all you need to get an effective, non-irritating clean!
Hot water may damage your skin. Add in some cold and wash with lukewarm water for the best clean
“Gently” is the key word here. To make sure you dry gently, use a soft, clean towel or tissue and pat your face dry. Avoid rubbing.
All skin types need moisture – even oily skin! After cleansing and drying, smooth a moisturizer over your face and neck to seal in the moisture. Choose a moisturizer that works well with your skin type.
When greasy hair care products, like pomades and gels, touch even the cleanest of faces, they can transfer oil. Oil blocks pores. Blocked pores create acne. A thorough shampoo and conditioning routine will keep your skin free from oil transferred from your hair.