Chances are high that if you break out way too often, you are already using related skincare products to make things better. Although you start with high-spirits, all your hopes soon go down the drain when products don’t work as intended, and instead make the things worse.
So how can you know if a certain product is causing you to break out? A lot of people find it difficult to distinguish between the products that are helping them and the ones that are leading to acne.
What Products Should I Choose?
Each product comes with its own characteristics, and it becomes really tough to determine if they will lead to clogged pores and blemishes. However, here are a few pointers will help you out:
- Avoid going with products that have a creamy and thick texture that is sticky. This is because skin care products with a thick texture often tend to clog the pores, thus leading to breakouts and blemishes.
- It is highly recommended to go for thin, flowy, and fluid lotions, gels, and light serums. They are easy on your skin and feel extremely light without weighing you down. Although you can try a range of products with all sorts of ingredients, care should be taken that they feel light on your skin.
- You must stay away from harsh products that tend to aggravate skin conditions like camphor, lemon, alcohol, menthol, lime, eucalyptus, peppermint and the like. These products not only make your skin light, red, tight, dry, and flaky but they also encourage excess oil production inside the pores and lead to acne.
- Avoid scratching and scrubbing your skin with any kind of cleansing brushes. This causes micro-fissures in the skin and hampers with its ability to defend against any damage, thus triggering more acne over time.
- Oils are great and do not clog your pores, but they make your skin feel heavy and greasier. This leads to excess oil on your skin which provides an ideal environment for blemishes.
Are Non-Comedogenic Products the Way to Go?
You will find it surprising to know that labels like non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic are totally useless. These terms were introduced first in 1972 and do not define any regulations that could explain what these terms mean and under what conditions can a product be labelled with these terms.
It is needless to say that beauty advice from the 1970s is not valid anymore. Let’s not forget about all those products that were claimed to be non-comedogenic and that they won’t cause breakouts, but we ended up with acne anyway!
Habits Which Could Prevent You from Breaking Out
Just like your skincare products, you also need to be cautious about your habits which might lead you to break out. Here are a few of them:
- Avoid washing your face with a powerful cleanser.
While removing dirt and excess oil from your skin to prevent breakouts is important, choosing a harsh cleanser to do this job could act against you.
It is highly recommended to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and avoid washing way too often. This will ensure that you do not irritate your already aggravated acne-prone skin.
- Facials might not work
Facials, definitely, feel good for a day or two – but if you look at the long-term benefits that they provide beyond relaxation – there are none! Instead, they might be the reason why you break out.
- Avoid popping your pimples
Though you might feel that expelling all the grossness out from your pimple by popping it out could solve the problem for you, that’s not exactly the case.
The truth is – even though you might feel that pus is coming out from the skin, it actually penetrates inside the skin deeper. This leads to inflammation and scarring, and this is one of the reasons why you get another pimple just a few days after the first one, closer to the previous spot.
- Avoid washing your face with very hot water
A lot of people believe that washing your face with hot water cleans your pores. Sure, it does, but it might also give you a pimple or two.
This is because hot water tends to dehydrate our skin, thus making it more sensitive. This tricks our skin to produce more oil which leads to breakout. Therefore, if you need to deep-cleanse your face, your best bet will be to stick to lukewarm water.
The Wrap Up
All in all, it will take a while for you to understand if a certain product or habit is leading to acne or not. Experimentation and patience play a key role here.
That said, if you have acne-prone skin, we will highly recommend you to avoid changing your products way too often, and stick with whatever works for you.