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The fundamentals of skincare: a few everyday habits that can wreak havoc on your skin

When you neglect your skin, regardless of its type or texture, you predispose it to certain conditions that can develop into lifelong problems. Acne is a common skin condition that affects men and women equally. While acne is most commonly associated with adolescence, it can also affect adults who make skincare mistakes, are stressed, or do not take adequate care of their skin.

Dr Stuti Khare Shukla, a dermatologist who is widely regarded as India's 'hair growth queen,' discusses four common bad habits that can result in acne and how to avoid them. Continue reading.

Acne can be triggered by an excessive carbohydrate intake, such as dairy products. Consuming a well-balanced diet that is high in antioxidants, such as green leafy vegetables, can help treat acne. Sugar and carbohydrate-containing foods, such as chips, chocolate, and ice cream, should be avoided because they are the primary cause of bloating and acne.

Certain medications

Certain medications can cause hormonal imbalances in the body, resulting in acne-like breakouts. Always consult your doctor when dealing with prescribed medications.

Not showering after workouts

Acne mechanica is a type of acne that occurs when we exercise in tight clothing and do not shower afterwards. This is because trapped heat and sweat cause bacteria to multiply. We should bathe regularly and properly cleanse our faces.

Overexposure to sunlight

Long-term sun exposure can irritate the skin, and sunburn accumulates more dead skin cells, clogging pores and resulting in more breakouts. It even increases the amount of sweat produced by our skin, providing additional space for bacterial growth.

Inadequate sleep and inactivity

Insufficient sleep can cause stress, which causes the body to secrete hormones abnormally, resulting in acne. Exercise twice or three times a week is critical to maintaining hormonal balance, as hormonal imbalance is one of the leading causes of breakouts.

Here’s what you can do instead:

1. Maintain proper face hygiene

Use a salicylic acid face wash twice or three times per day. Apart from cleansing, it is critical to moisturize your skin, especially if you have combination or oily skin. The majority of people avoid moisturizing because they believe their skin produces sufficient oil, but this is actually counterproductive. Your skin will produce more oil to compensate for dehydration.

2. Keep makeup tools clean on a regular basis

Remove all makeup and any other items that come into contact with your face, such as cosmetic sponges and reusable pads, Clarisonic brush heads, tweezers, and eyelash curlers.

Bacterial counts on these devices can reach levels that are significantly higher than those on the skin. Our skin is equipped with built-in defenses against bacterial overgrowth. When our skin's function is compromised, as it is in acne patients, using a contaminated tool can exacerbate the problem.

3. Avoid popping pimples

When you attempt to pop a pimple, you risk pushing the bacterial infection deeper into your skin and spreading it. This only serves to exacerbate your pimples' clogging, swelling, and redness. Additionally, it increases the likelihood of scarring.

4. Select the appropriate products

We frequently purchase skincare products with a high oil content, which contributes to acne. To avoid excessive oil on our skin, we should use non-comedogenic products. Conduct a skin sensitivity test to ascertain the characteristics and type of your skin, and then select an appropriate product. If you have skin problems, it is prudent to consult a dermatologist prior to purchasing products.

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