At some point in our lives we have all been guilty of it. We fall into a beauty routine and use the same products day after day - even year after year - and don’t recognize the harm that is being done to our skin. Your dermatologist works to provide you with common skin habits that might be harming your skin. By recognizing these harmful habits, you can take the next step to healthy, glowing skin.
Picking Pimples: When a pimple first appears, many of us immediately pop or pick at it. This is very harmful to your face. If you experience frequent pimples and blemishes seek professional help from your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can recommend products that contain anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterial and healing agents. Popping a pimple will only make the scar worse or could spread the breakout, so stop now.
Going to Bed with Dirty Skin: While many of us go to bed exhausted, sometimes skipping our own routines, it is important to not skip cleaning your face—it is a necessity. Whether you wear makeup or not, pollution, dust, skin cells and oil all accumulate on the surface of your skin throughout the day. Cleaning your skin at night helps to freshen your skin and remove these harmful agents.
Going Outside without SPF: Tanning is not the only reason for aging of the skin—any time spent in the sun at all also contributes to aging skin. SPF15 or above is the perfect addition to a skincare routine to help prevent aging. Look for a moisturizer or primer with tint and SPF added to give you a multi-tasking product.
Using Soap to Cleanse Your Skin: You might tell yourself to just grab a bar of soap to clean your face, but that can do more harm than good. Soap is an alkaline, which removes oil and dirt effectively. On the other hand, soap also strips the protective barrier from the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist recommends looking for soap-free, acid-balanced cleansers that are designed specifically for your skin condition and type.
Boiling Hot Showers: While the feeling of a hot tub or nice hot shower can help ease muscle aches and pains, while keeping us warm on a cold morning, the warmer the water the more stimulating it can be on your skin—especially your face. If you are choosing to cleanse, exfoliate and use a mask in the shower, be sure to turn down the temperature to avoid causing unneeded redness and inflammation.
Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to better care for your skin, and to skip those harmful habits you might be used to.