Dealing with constant breakouts is never fun and can really put a damper on your daily mood. If you have naturally oily skin, the battle with breakouts can seem never-ending. If you’re always feeling like your skin can’t catch a break, you may be unknowingly practicing some breakout-causing habits. Before you panic over your next breakout, see if you’re guilty of these daily habits.
Rushing your nightly routine: After a long day, it’s so tempting to just hit the hay without taking your makeup off. However, it’s just not a good idea for anyone. Relying on solely makeup wipes or only cleansing once is a surefire to welcome bacteria on your skin. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should thoroughly cleanse and hydrate your face at night. Take your time cleansing your skin and if you have acne-prone skin, be gentle. Rubbing harshly can also cause irritation and spread bacteria.
Keeping dirty makeup brushes: You would never grab dirt off the ground and pat your face with it, so don’t let your makeup brushes go unwashed. Cleaning them regularly will help keep your skin free from unnecessary bacteria that can cause breakouts.
Stuffing your makeup brushes into your purse or makeup bag: How often do you go into your makeup for touch ups? Every time you grab your lipstick or powder, you’re exposing the packaging to whatever germs might be on your hands. Now imagine your makeup brushes rubbing up against them in your bag. Hello, breakouts.
Letting your skin get dehydrated and dry: Drinking plenty of water is a good habit. Your skin is the last organ on your body to receive water, so don’t let yourself become dehydrated. If you have oily skin, be careful over-using drying products as it can actually cause more oil production. If you just have a few breakouts, use a spot treatment on that specific area instead of a whole system of products that will dry the rest of your face out.
Wearing the wrong gym clothes: Everyone loves to break out in a good sweat during a workout, but not wearing breathable clothes can cause unwanted body breakouts. Wear loose fitting clothing and take a good shower immediately after working out.
Using heavy hair products: Using smoothing pomades or oils are great for frizz, but not so great for preventing random breakouts. Use caution with the amount of product you use, especially around your bangs or anywhere you hair might fall. Pull it away from your face when possible to reduce breakouts.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.