10 Habits That Can Cause or Worsen Acne


Your genetic makeup is largely responsible for having acne prone skin, well past your teens. Also, you might not be so predisposed to acne, but still get a breakout every now and then with no apparent explanation.

That’s because some of the things we do can cause acne or make it worse. Here are some common habits that can lead to breakouts although are not so evident.

Overwashing face1. Over washing your skin

Too much of skin sebum can clog pores and lead to pimples, white heads and black heads. Too little sebum and your skin could become irritated also leading to the same problems. Consider moderation when washing your skin. Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening is enough.

2. Not using moisturizer

Every time you wash your face you take away its natural oils. When the skin dries out it actually produces more oil in an attempt to correct the situation. That is why it’s good to use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.

3. Scrubbing your skin too hard or too often

Scrubbing the skin had its benefits: it gets rid of dead skin cells making your face look cleaner and brighter. But too much scrubbing can also damage the skin leading to irritations and acne. Try a gentle cleanser and don’t exfoliate every day. 1-2 times a week will keep  your skin glowing and undamaged.

Hair over face4. Oily hair

If you have oily hair make sure you keep it clean by washing it as often as needed. Oils from the hair that touches your face can also clog your skin’s pores and cause acne. So don’t avoid shampoo when you need it.

5. The Wrong clothes

Wearing tight clothes made from artificial fabrics such as polyester can worsen acne. We lose millions of skin cells every day. When wearing tight clothes the dead skin cells mix with sweat and remain trapped and in contact with our skin. This can lead to breakouts and irritated skin.

Make sure you don’t wear overly tight clothes and choose natural fabrics which allow your skin to breathe.

6. Hair products

Lots of hair products include oils and other ingredients that can get onto your skin and clog your pores. Don’t apply them on the hair that comes in contact with your face and cover your face when applying spray hair products.

7. The Pillowcase

If you don’t wash your pillowcases often enough think about this: your face rests for many hours a day on a dirty surface full of bacteria, sweat and oils. It’s not hard to imagine this certainly can’t do your skin any good. Wash your pillowcases on a weekly basis to keep your skin clean and acne free.

Face touching8. Touching your face (with anything)

Obviously every time you touch your face with your hands, smartphone…etc., you bring a plethora of bacteria onto your skin. Moreover, if you apply pressure onto your face with your hands or objects you are actually pushing bacteria into your skin, worsening the situation.

9. Dirty Makeup Brushes

Your makeup applicators like brushes and sponges are extremely good at trapping dead skin cells and bacteria, which is why you need to clean them regularly unless you want some extras on your face when applying makeup.

You can easily clean them with liquid soap and warm water and dry them using paper towels.

10. The Wrong Cosmetic Products

You don’t need to shy away from oil-based cosmetics if they’re labeled as “non-comedogenic”. That is because some oils are less viscous than others thus they get absorbed into the skin easier and don’t clog pores (e.g. jojoba oil), especially when they’re inside emulsions like creams and lotions.

However, other oils like coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil and other leave a greasy film on the skin, which is beneficial for dry skin, but definitely not for oily, acne-prone skin. Your best bet is to find products for your skin type and make sure they’re either “oil-free” or “non comedogenic”.