We’ve all had them. No one goes through life unscathed from them. Those pesky spots that surface on your face without a cue. Pimples. Yet, your body has an incredible system set in place to treat them. However, sometimes our patience runs low and we interfere with our body’s treatment. We end up doing more harm than good, thus, delaying the healing.
Here are 5 mistakes to avoid in order to ensure your pimples don’t become a larger problem than they already are.
Mistake #1: Washing your face too much
Having pimples does not necessarily mean your skin is dirty. Thus, washing your face excessively, more than twice a day, will not improve acne. In fact, it will simply strip the natural oils from your skin and further irritate the acne - causing more inflammation.
Also, over-scrubbing the skin will compromise its protective barrier and lead to irritation. Instead, wash your face gently.
Mistake #2: Spot treating acne
To maintain clear skin, you must treat pimples that have yet to surface the skin - not just those that are visible playing 'peek-a-boo'. Treating only what's visible will not prevent new ones from surfacing. Thus, when you use cleansing and acne products, be sure to evenly treat your entire face as instructed by your used product.
Mistake #3: Applying too much acne medication
More is not always better. Typically a thin layer of medication is enough to combat acne. When more than the necessary amount of medication is applied, the skin dries out, leading to irritated and inflamed skin. The acne treatment may then need to temporarily be stopped in order for your skin to heal.
Mistake #4: Choosing the wrong acne products
Some products are simply too harsh for acne prone skin - especially if you have sensitive skin. Such products include alkaline bar soaps and alcohol based products. Instead, look for products that read: “for acne-prone skin” or “noncomedogenic”; since certain products have ingredients that clog pores and further irritate already agitated skin.
Mistake #5: Popping and picking at pimples
We have all done this one time or another - thinking we’re solving the problem. Reality: popping and picking pimples extends their healing time. And what’s worse - this act can increase the risk of scarring as well.
Over to You!
You can’t run from pimples because they always seem to find their way onto your face - even once in a blue moon. Pimples are just a part of life. They can be frustrating, however, avoiding these 5 mistakes will drastically help with healing time.
What tips work best for you in treating pimples? We would love to know. Leave us a comment below.