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What are common skin mistakes that cause breakouts?

June 19, 2014

Despite all the tricks and products on the market, there is no actual cure for acne. There are treatments that can help but one of the best ways to get rid of breakouts is to prevent exacerbating the condition. There are of lot skin mistakes that people make that actually cause breakouts, rather than treat them. Here’s a look at common mistakes that you should avoid to prevent breakouts.


Getting Some Rays

Tanning is an old-fashioned treatment for acne. Rather than dry up breakouts, sun exposure can actually make breakouts worse. Not to mention that excess sun exposure can cause long-term skin damage and lead to skin cancer. In the short term, hyperpigmentation (brown or red spots) can occur and become harder to fade when exposed to the sun’s rays. Even with acne, a high SPF is always recommended when spending time in the sun in order to prevent damage from occurring.


Squeezing Your Zits

Although it can be tempting to pop your pimples, try not to. Squeezing a zit can cause further damage. Dirty fingers and unsanitary conditions can actually lead to more breakouts as well as scarring. Instead, rely on a skincare professional to perform extractions or use a gentle exfoliating device like the ProSonic to get a deep down clean.



While it may seem like vigorous scrubbing can get rid of breakouts, it can actually make them much worse. Using harsh exfoliation products can tear skin and cause scars and injury. Instead, use a gentle exfoliation technique with the ProSonic in order to clear off dead skin that can clog pores and cause breakouts but won’t damage skin and cause more breakouts.


Washing Your Face Constantly

While breakouts may seem like they are a result of excessively oily skin, there can be other factors at play as well. While keeping your face clean is important, washing your face more than twice a day is probably unnecessary. By over washing your face, you may actually do more harm than good by over drying the skin and causing more oil to be excreted, which will cause further breakouts, not to mention redness and irritation. Instead, wash your face only in the morning and at night with a noncomedogenic cleanser. You can also use a device like the ProSonic to not only clean but also exfoliate.


Avoiding Junk Food

There’s a common misconception that certain foods, such as fried food, chocolate and dairy cause breakouts. While it’s a good idea not to eat these junk foods because they’re not good for you, they probably don’t cause acne. Studies have shown that eating a poor diet isn’t a good idea and wreaks havoc on all of the body’s systems, including the skin. Eat these foods in a limited quantity and don’t fear that having a late night snack will cause you to breakout overnight. The hormones that are in dairy products have been found to have a negative effect on the skin, which is why it may be advised to limit dairy intake rather than eliminate it completely. Overall, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits in vegetables is advised for optimal health, not just glowing skin.


Turning Up the Heat

Some people enjoy hot showers or use hot water to wash the face because it feels good or because they are trying to boil off breakouts. Super hot water is actually bad for the skin. Hot water can dry skin out too much, causing excessive oil production and breakouts. Using hot water can also damage the delicate capillaries that lie beneath the skin, causing a red, ruddy appearance. To avoid dry, red skin use room temperature water to wash the face.


Not moisturizing

Contrary to popular belief, even breakout-prone skin needs a moisturizer. All skin types can benefit from moisturizer, especially if you use acne products with harsh ingredients like Retin-A or Accutane, in order to balance the skin and replace moisture. Look for moisturizers with labels that say “oil-free” in order to replace moisturize without heavy formulas that can cause breakouts and clog pores. You may also want to consider a hydrating gel product, as it can be lighter and non-greasy for oily skin. For convenience use a lightweight moisturizer with an SPF in order to combine products.

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