You’re doing everything the dermatologist told you to: exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing... So why are those pesky breakouts still lingering? As it turns out, there’s more to skincare than just the products you put on your face. Everything you do throughout the day has an effect on your skin’s health. With so many possibilities, it can be hard to pinpoint what’s aggravating your acne and other skin issues, so we’ve compiled a list of 7 ways you may be sabotaging your skin.
1. YOUR MORNING CUP OF JOE
Coffee is great for staying awake, but it’s not so great for your skin. Caffeine dehydrates the body, ultimately damaging your natural glow. If coffee is your only way of keeping sleepiness at bay, consume it in moderation and drink plenty of water so your skin can replenish itself.
2. NOT WASHING YOUR BEDSHEETS
Washing your bedsheets is as important as washing your clothes. Excess oils and dead skin cells can build up over time and create a formula for disaster when we lay down to sleep. Toss your pillowcases in the washer often to keep the place you rest your head as clean as possible.
3. EXFOLIATING WAY TOO MUCH
Exfoliation is an important part of skincare, but too much can be damaging. While exfoliating rids your skin of all the dirt and grease that builds up over time, over-exfoliating is harsh on your skin and can leave it red and angry or dry and flaky. If you’re exfoliating every night and notice your skin seems to be protesting, try pulling back to one to three times a week.
4. TALKING ON THE PHONE
Phone screens are messy with fingerprints, oils, and miscellaneous crumbs. They’re bad news for your cheek and jawline. Stick to speakerphone or carry a microfiber cloth to clean off the grime on your phone screen every so often (or at least before calling mom).
5. NOT GETTING YOUR EIGHT HOURS
Pulling all-nighters risks more than just your sanity- It risks your skin’s health, too. Your skin needs time to rest, replenish, and repair itself. Sleep deprivation also leads to stress. This causes the body to produce extra cortisol, which breaks down collagen, the protein that gives your skin elasticity and keeps it looking youthful and healthy. Beauty sleep is no joke!
6. POPPING PIMPLES
It can be tempting to pop pimples, but doing so can prolong your skin’s healing time and spread infection. The next time you feel the urge to squeeze, remember that instead of getting rid of the blemish, you may end up worsening your breakout and causing scarring.
7. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Your diet plays as much of a role in taming breakouts as your topical skincare products do. Foods high in sugar, salt, and refined carbohydrates negatively impact your skin the same way they do on the inside of your body. Try replacing breakout-inducing foods with some skin superfoods! Your skin will thank you.