Why Is My Acne Getting Worse and How Can I Stop It from Happening?
(Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/saludaudea/5118106617) If you think acne is reserved for pimple-faced teenagers, you will be sad to know that acne can affect people of all ages. Most people take special care to try to keep acne at a manageable (or nonexistent) level. But if you’re still experiencing breakouts and are waking up with bad acne on your face, you might be sabotaging your skin and not even realizing it.
Beautiful Skin No-No’sAcne develops when you have a buildup of oil in your skin that allows bacteria to grow and flourish, causing bad acne on your face. We have a tendency to choose beauty products and regimens that make our skin look better, but you could unknowingly be causing more damage. Here are some common acne triggers:
- Some skin care products are filled with pore-clogging materials - Before putting anything on your skin, be sure to check the ingredients first. Heavy moisturizers containing mineral oil or silicone can actually do more harm than good. These heavy oils have large molecular structures and can’t penetrate your skin. Because of this, they will sit on the surface of your skin all day, leading to more sun damage, discoloration, and clogged pores.
- Use spot treatments sparingly - Over the counter spot treatments that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur can dry out your skin, which causes your skin to produce more oil, thereby causing bad acne on your face. If used too often, they could burn the top layer of your skin making your blemishes look worse. Stick with a mild hydrocortisone anti-itch cream periodically applied throughout the day and cover the blemish with a bacteria-fighting concealer.
- Your hair products can contain acne stimulating ingredients - Sulfates, heavy moisturizing agents, and silicone from your shampoo and conditioner can wreak havoc on your skin and cause bad acne on your face. Even your styling products can have these ingredients that can cause acne on your body and along your hairline.
- Be more gentle with your skin - Many people think roughly scrubbing their skin with a rough washcloth or exfoliating scrub will help eliminate bacteria on the skin. But it can actually have the opposite effect. Rough scrubbing can help spread bacteria all over your face, making the bad acne on your face even worse.
Other Acne SimulatorsWhile you can’t control many reasons for breaking out, some of the reasons could be more environmental. Here are some exterior stimulants that could be contributing to your acne problem:
- Spicy foods - Foods heavy with acidic lycopene (tomatoes and peppers) can change your skin’s pH levels, which in turn can cause breakouts, especially around the mouth area.
- Cigarettes are bad for your whole body, especially your skin - Every puff on a cigarette decreases the amount of oxygen going to your skin. This can cause breakouts and reduce collagen and elastin, which can lead to wrinkles and large pores. And the carcinogens in cigarettes can dry out your skin. Smoking is bad for your whole body and for those around you as well.
- Stop picking at your pimples - It’s oh so tempting to give those blemishes a little squeeze and see that puss and oil ooze out of your face. But when you do that, you run the risk of pushing bacteria further into your pores and transferring it to other pores on your skin. The less you touch your face, the less bacteria you transfer to it, which leads to less bad acne on your face. Plus popping pimples can cause scarring and ugly red marks. Just say no and apply SIBU Sea Berry Seed Oil to help accelerate the healing process & reduce scarring.