Saturday, May 1, 2010

Things you must avoid when you have active pimples / acne prone skin

Pimples are hard to deal with and most people needed to deal with them at least once in their lifetime. There are things that you must avoid to properly cope with the situation. Some people do things that can cause more problems without knowing and pimples can get even worse. There are a few of the common things that you can mess up on for your daily skin care routine. Be sure to avoid things listed below to make your skin look better.

Wash face / use lots of oil absorbing papers

This is a mistake that people with oily skin makes quite often. Those with oily skin hate the fact that they have lots of oil on the face constantly. It has a shiny appearance and people think that they don’t properly wash their faces. Some people wash their face whenever they feel oily. This is very bad for oily skin because your skin will compensate by producing more sebum which makes your face even oilier. This is a vicious cycle because oilier skin causes more pimples. Same is true for oil absorbing papers. As a rule of thumb, only wash your face twice a day.


Smoking can negatively affect your skin. It makes you break out even more especially when you combine it with other bad habits such as drinking, drugs and etc. When you quit smoking, your skin will improve because you are not getting those toxins in your body.

Pick, squeeze, pop

Whatever you call it, picking at a pimple is one of the worst ways to deal with them. Many people argue that by popping a pimple, you will get rid of it faster. However, popping it wrongly will cause a scar or make the pimple even worse.

Using toner

Toner is a solution that a lot of people use after washing their face to make pores smaller. Many toners are designed without alcohol which makes them suitable for oily skin. However, toner can make your acne worse even if it is okay to use for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have large pores. And by shrinking the pores, sebum gets trapped inside the pores and more pimples will surface on your face.

Eating certain foods

This is controversial. Many experts believe that food has nothing to do with your skin. But a lot of people that I know avoid certain foods to avoid getting more acne. Here are the foods that can cause pimples: milk related products, seaweed and junk foods. This is really for each individual. You acne situation might not be affected by foods anyway.

Sun tanning, being in the sun too much without proper protection

UV rays can cause lots of damage for your skin and also make acne worse. Lots of people enjoy outdoor activities and neglect to protect their skin. If you want a golden tan, you can use a stray on self tanner to achieve very good results. When you are out in the sun, you should wear proper protective clothing or sunscreen to shield yourself from the UV rays.


Alcohol can make your acne worse. A lot of times, your skin is an indicator of your health. Alcohol consumption damages your health and your skin shows that by having worse acne.

Wrong makeup

Makeup that is not designed for oily skin can cause lots of problems. It will clog pores and make your face breakout. Things that are designed for oily skin can actually help acne prone skin. When you select makeup, make sure you buy ones that are non-comedogenic. See a complete list of all ingredients that can clog pores.

Hair near face

A lot of girls / guys use their hair to cover the problem areas. This is good so that people will not see your acne from far away. However, hair has oil that will clog pores and irritate skin. This is very good for acne because it will make the problem worse. You will breakout more and the surrounding area will be red. You should keep your hair tied up so that it is completely out of your face.