Among the many things that make acne breakouts frustrating for those who deal with them, the fact that they have so many potential causes is definitely on this list prominently. From simple genetics to the kinds of foods you eat and many others, there are numerous things that may impact your acne and breakout frequency -- and one area that some don't consider closely enough here is the skincare program you're utilizing.
At Skintherapy Skincare & Acne Clinic, we're proud to offer a wide range of acne treatment services to clients throughout Salt Lake City and nearby parts of Utah, helping limit breakouts to leave your skin looking great. We regularly advise clients on their skincare routine, including in situations where it's possible that your skincare habits themselves are contributing to a worsening of your acne symptoms. Here are some possible examples of situations where this may be the case, plus why these risks should be avoided and some good alternatives in some situations.
In some cases, those who deal with acne will be using the proper product -- but only on visible blemishes, treating their acne with spot treatments but not using a more comprehensive skincare routine to address any underlying causes of breakouts. Unfortunately, this is not effective in many situations and can even be counterproductive -- leading to further inflammation or other problems that may actually worsen your skin's appearance rather than improving it.
Rather, it's important to use your acne medication across the entire area of skin that's breaking out, ensuring that you're applying the maximum amount of medication to all problem areas rather than just parts where pimples are visible. This will help reduce outbreaks and stop your skin from looking worse due to the presence of unaddressed breakouts underneath the surface.
While we all wish we could try a new product and immediately see a reduction or even elimination of acne, the reality is that you often need to give a new product time to work before drawing any conclusions. Trying a new skincare program too frequently while also using other products that may not be truly "the one" can actually lead to skin irritation and the exacerbation of your acne symptoms, making it much more difficult to find something that works well for you in the long-term.
To avoid this common pitfall, it's best to focus on a few products at once and give them the time they need to work. If you've followed your regimen for several weeks without seeing significant improvement, it may be worth trying another option -- otherwise, you can stick with what works well for your skin rather than potentially worsening the situation by trying a new option more frequently than is ideal.
And as you may have guessed, switching products is something you should discuss with a professional before starting, as they can help you choose something that's properly suited to your skin type and the specific underlying causes of your acne breakouts.
In other cases, your selection of products themselves will be the culprit for breakouts in your skin. Specifically, certain types of makeup and other cosmetic products may include ingredients that are irritating to your skin or aggravate acne -- both factors that can lead to the worsening of acne symptoms and make it harder to find a solution.
For example, you may be using skincare products that contain oil-based moisturizers, which will lead to a worsening of acne breakouts if left untreated. Similarly, you may be using makeup containing ingredients like lanolin, which can also be irritating and lead to the spread or worsening of your acne symptoms.
Since this is an area where many people do not realize potential risks, it's best to take the time to research each product you're considering using, including those that are outside your skincare routines. This will help avoid potential problems and ensure you're using products that promote healthy skin -- rather than leading to more breakouts down the line.
Even if you use makeup that's approved for use on your skin type, it's still possible that leaving makeup on overnight will lead to increased sensitivity and breakouts. And this is particularly the case with oily or acne-prone skin types, where those ingredients that are designed to reduce oiliness can actually make your problem worse.
While we understand it's tempting to try and combat the oily nature of acne by drying up your skin as much as possible, this is actually an approach that can make the problem worse in the long-term. By drying out too much, you risk irritating your skin and triggering inflammation or other reactions that will make your acne symptoms even more prominent. Additionally, dryness increases oil production, which means you'll have a worsening of symptoms rather than an improvement.
Instead, use moisturizers and other products that are appropriate for your skin type, as they will help keep inflammation at bay and reduce the risk of breakouts from occurring. Just be sure to choose options that won't further irritate or clog up your pores, and you'll have an easier time finding a skincare program that truly works for acne-prone skin rather than leading to more breakouts.
With the right skincare habits, you'll help limit or even eliminate acne rather than worsening it. For more on this, or to learn about any of our acne treatments or other skincare products and services, speak to our staff at Skintherapy Skincare & Acne Clinic today.
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