Acne-prone skin is one of the most sensitive skin types. They are prone to season, allergies, and even flare up with the wrong skincare routine. Here are some skincare mistakes that can lead to acne flare-ups:
Not paying attention to the label
Acne-prone prone skin should always pick up products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic. Else the products can clog the pores, and increase sebum production hence leading to acne.
Exfoliation is important. But over-exfoliation can do more harm than one can imagine. Acne-prone skin should stay away from physical scrub as they can cause micro-tears and sensitize the skin. Chemical exfoliation; AHA, BHA based products are the most preferred choices and shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. The concentration of AHA/BHA should be as per the recommendation of a dermatologist.
Over cleansing can lead to over-drying of skin-stripping it of the natural moisturizer. The cleanser should be the right kind. Use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide-based cleanser to prevent acne.
Avoiding moisturizers and using incorrect moisturizers
Heavy and oil-based moisturizers can clog pores and flare up acne. Acne-prone skin should always use lightweight, oil-free, and gel-based moisturizers. And remember! Even oily, acne-prone skin needs moisturizer but just the right type.
Not removing makeup properly
Clogged and infected pores are the biggest factors behind acne-flare ups. Post makeup, one should double cleanse the skin to ensure the removal of even the last trace of makeup.
Acne-prone skin may find sunscreen goopy and heavy but avoiding sun protection can lead to sun damage and heat sensitivity. Sun exposure can dry your skin out and then skin may overcompensate by ramping up oil production. This can lead to oily and greasy skin which can lead to clogged pores and hence acne.
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