If you’re like many people, you probably take every measure possible to prevent breakouts on your facial skin. As much effort as you might be investing into preventing breakouts, you could be causing breakouts inadvertently because of things that you’re doing in your daily routine. If you want to keep blemishes and other skin breakouts from ruining your complexion, you should avoid doing these four things.
Cleaning Your Skin Incorrectly
Washing your face regularly can be a good way to prevent blemishes, blackheads and oily skin, but washing with the incorrect methods could be causing breakouts. Using a rough cloth on your face when cleaning or drying the skin can be harsh on the skin and make it more vulnerable to breakouts. Whether you prefer using a cloth, a loofa or another type of cleaning instrument to clean your face, it should have a smooth surface so that it’s gentle on the skin.
Wearing a Cloth Face Mask
In the era of COVID-19, face masks have become a regular part of life for most people. If your face mask is made from cloth, it could be causing you to form blemishes around your mouth, chin and nose because of the extra oil, sweat and bacteria that this material can trap under your mask. The additional humidity under your mask that’s caused by wearing a cloth mask can also worsen breakouts. A mask that’s made from breathable materials can still provide adequate protection against COVID-19 and other germs and viruses and may be better for your skin.
Eating the Wrong Foods
The foods that you eat may also be linked to your breakouts. Studies have shown that many processed foods along with some dairy products and breads raise blood sugar rapidly, which often makes the oil glands produce more of the acne-causing oil as a reaction. Processed meats, chips and sugary snacks should be limited in your diet to keep breakouts at bay. Limiting your soft drink consumption will also be healthier for your skin. A dermatology professional can give you more advice on what you shouldn’t eat and recommend foods that may give you better skin.
Using the Wrong Pillowcase
When your face rests on either side on top of your pillowcase while you sleep, you could be increasing your chances of breakouts because of the type of pillowcase that you’re using. Cloth and other types of traditional pillowcases are known to exacerbate breakouts among some people, and switching to a silk pillowcase can be better for your skin. It’s also important to wash your pillowcase regularly to eliminate the germs, bacteria and dead skin cells that contribute to blemish and blackhead formations.
A breakout can put a damper on just about anyone’s day. If you want to make your facial skin clearer and prevent breakouts for longer periods, changing some of your lifestyle habits may be the way to better skin.