In the beginning, you feel the inflammation. Then, you notice the raised bump and you know it. Before you even begin to realize it, you suffer from a new acne breakout. Many women have already developed their immediate intervention routine, covering the zits and blemishes with layers of different products. However, there are some mistakes that we all make, increasing the severity of each breakout. Below, you will find some of the most common mistakes, together with the right alternative. Keep in mind that acne breakouts require particular care and that, with adequate intervention, you can restore the healthy-looking aspect of the skin in no time.
#1 Spot treatment with each breakout
If you are noticing the first signs of a breakout, it is only normal that you resort to your spot treatment. Even though it might be useful to apply this treatment, it might surprise you to discover that it is not as effective as you have thought. When it comes to acne and blemishes, the spot treatment might solve one problem (a zit) but not an entire breakout.
#2 Caring for your skin only during the breakout
While it is true that your skin requires more attention during the acne breakout, this does not mean you should not care for it in the rest of the time. In fact, if you paid attention to what causes acne, you would be able to prevent many of the acne breakouts. It is far better to use an acne product, such as those containing salicylic acid, to prevent the acne breakouts. There is one more advantage to consider, as salicylic acid can reduce both the inflammation and irritation associated with acne.
#3 Aggressive scrubbing will only make things worse
No matter how aggressively you might scrub your skin, the zits are not going to disappear. On the contrary, you will only increase the inflammation and make matters worse. The more abrasive a product is, the more it will irritate the skin and prolong the necessary healing period. If you do want to exfoliate, then at least use a product that is gentle.
#4 Benzoyl peroxide in high concentration
Benzoyl peroxide is often recommended for acne breakouts, as it has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. However, you should always pay close attention to the concentration of benzoyl peroxide contained in each product. It has been proven that higher concentrations can have an irritating effect on the skin, while their level of effectiveness in regard to acne breakouts remains the same (in comparison to the products containing low concentrations). It is recommended that you purchase a product that contains benzoyl peroxide in a low concentration and preferably mixed with nourishing ingredients, such as coconut oil or shea butter.
#5 Using your hands to pop a zit
This is indeed a big mistake to make, as your hands contain a lot of bacteria, which will reach the skin and aggravate the existent breakout. However, this does not mean you cannot pop that zit (or zits), as you have modern-generation tools available, such as the clean extraction tool. You can use this tool for both white heads and blackheads but, remember, it is not as efficient for deep acne.
#6 Not all online suggestions are worth your time
There are many websites that have been created in order to help you fight acne breakouts. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wrongful advice offered on the subject. For example, you will often find toothpaste as a helpful remedy against acne breakouts. Well, there are a lot of toothpaste that actually contain ingredients which have an irritating effect on the skin, aggravating existent breakouts. Still think it is okay to use them?
#7 More time for the cleanser to work
Using a salicylic-based cleanser is more than recommended when it comes to acne breakouts. However, if you wash the cleanser right away, you cannot hope for it to work. Instead, it is indicated that you apply the cleanser on the face and massage it gently on the skin. Rinse it off after a couple of minutes and enjoy its cleansing effect.
#8 No moisturizer
Even if your skin is oily, this does not mean you should not use a quality moisturizer to hydrate your skin. In the situation that your skin is not moisturized enough, excess sebum is going to be produced, as a form of compensation. So, you can easily solve such problems, by using a light, oil-free moisturizer. It is recommended that you apply the moisturizer before the acne treatment, as this product can help you reduce both the irritation and inflammation caused by breakouts.
As you have seen, many of the mistakes that we make when it comes to acne breakouts can be easily remedied. So, do not hesitate to go through the list once more and see what are the changes that you need to make.