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Five Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Skin Quickly

5 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Skin Fast

Clear skin is a many-splendored thing, but unfortunately, it's also incredibly easy to lose. Most of the time, getting a breakout isn't your fault. It's hard to avoid stress, hormones, weather, and a lot of other skin-undermining stuff. However, there are a few things that can have an enormously detrimental effect on your skin very quickly, and mess things up before you even notice. Find out how to avoid them when you keep reading.

  • Picking at stuff: You've got a little dry skin flake or the tiniest of bumps, and you just can't resist scratching it off. Next thing you know, you've got a big, pus-filled bump and a whole crop of other spots springing up around it.
  • Abruptly switching products: This one is the worst, because it's not just about skin care. Even if you switch shampoo, conditioner, or lotion, you can end up with secondary acne issues because your skin is inflamed. If you can, always test new products out, and transition them in slowly.
  • Having bangs: If you have hair that's even remotely oily, just be warned that getting a fringe can often mean a forehead's worth of acne all of a sudden. To reduce the bad effects, don't use a lot of product in your bangs, and use a round brush to keep them from laying on your forehead.
  • Putting your hands on your face: Hands are covered in bacteria and oil. Try forcing yourself to lean back instead of forward if you want to break the habit.
  • Not getting enough sleep: Sometimes you have no choice but to forego shut-eye. If, however, you're just out late a lot, perhaps think about giving your body a little more time to recharge. Don't worry, there will always be another happy hour next week.
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Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
I touch my face a lot, its a massive habit. I don't know how to stop. I don't pick at zits or anything, like almost all people do. I think its better for the zit to dry out on it own.
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 6 years
My dermatologist actually told me that bangs generally does not exacerbate acne.
justweiyi justweiyi 6 years
Point 1, guilty Point 2, guilty Point 3, guilty Point 4, guilty Point 5, guilty These are stuff that I already know of, but I'm still guilty of committing. Just need to be more disciplined.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I tried a new moisturizing gel last month.. That had the worst reaction on my skin. I got eczema-like patches of dry irritated skin. I had to run to the doctor, get medication, and have sworn to using nothing but cetaphil cleanser & moisturizer for sensitive skin. My skin is back, but I'm swearing off any product changes from now on! I have good skin, but some products and I don't agree.
cara-s cara-s 6 years
Guilty of not getting enough sleep! Need to work on that for sure
shaima shaima 6 years
@ atraditionalist: welcome to the club, I nodded at each mistake! Really need to keep my hands away from my face!
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
I definitely do number 4! I've managed to start putting my fist on my chin, but now I have to break that! :) I actually had clear skin on my forehead with my hypersensitive combo acne-prone skin because I had the perfect skin care system when I was 18....until my hormones changed just the tiniest bit when I was 20 1/2 (I'm almost there again; it just needs the tiniest bit more fine tuning). I don't think you should just rule out bangs just because you have oily or acne-prone skin. It's your skin care that determines whether you can bangs or not, not your skin necessarily.
atraditionalist atraditionalist 6 years
I do all of these all too often I need to start changing my habits
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