Skin conditions can be very frustrating! Especially if you don’t understand the cause or how to treat it. Many of us avoid going to the doctor at all costs. We often hope our ailments will go away on their own. Sometimes they do -other times we’re not so lucky. If you’re suffering from a skin condition such as acne, we have a few pointers for you. Here are some things you should never do if you have acne -or any facial skin condition for that matter!
First and foremost, if your skin is consistently breaking out, you need to see a dermatologist. Skin conditions need to be properly diagnosed by a professional. Some people who think they have acne end up having other skin conditions like rosacea, eczema or fungal infections that can’t be treated by over-the-counter drugstore acne medications. That’s why it’s important to get a diagnosis from a professional, so you know exactly what skin condition you’re dealing with.
Never Self-Extract Cysts
While popping a surface-based pimple is something we’ve all probably done, messing with deeply embedded cysts is a big skincare no-no! Cysts, unlike surface pimples, are a much more serious infection that requires extraction by a professional. When you feel a whopper under the skin, never attempt to squeeze it. 9 times out of 10 it will make it worse and more infected. Go to an esthetician or a dermatologist.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Touching your acne does nothing but spread the bacteria around and make it worse. We know it’s tempting to feel around and check for clogs, but you really shouldn’t be touching your face. Additionally, always be sure to wash your hands before applying makeup or treatments. Clean, sanitized hands are essential to preventing acne bacteria from spreading.
Don’t Overdo It
Overscrubbing, overtreating, and overwashing will only make your skin worse. It’s important to stick to a gentle yet effective regimen. Talk to a professional about what products you should be using on your skin and stick to the recommended regimen. Over-doing it will only cause your skin to produce more oil and break out even more.
Don’t Pile On Foundation
Instead of covering your entire face in a mask of foundation, spot treat your acne with concealer and allow the rest of your skin to breathe. Use a concealer brush and a highly pigmented perfectly matched concealer like Joe Blasco’s Red Away to cover acne marks, then finish with a dust of translucent powder like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay finishing powder. Your makeup will look much more natural and the clear parts of your skin will be allowed to shine through.
Never Use Dirty Makeup Brushes
Dirty makeup brushes and applicators are breeding grounds for bacteria. You should always clean them with a makeup brush sanitizer after EVERY use. This will prevent acne bacteria from spreading and multiplying. It’s also advisable to avoid using your fingers for application. Instead of dipping your fingers into your cosmetic products, use a clean disposable plastic spatula or a Qtip.
Never Ignore Your Health
Acne can be a response to an internal health issue, such as hormonal imbalance or nutritional deficiencies. Our bodies work from the inside out, so it’s important to pay attention to your internal health. If you’re experiencing acne flare-ups, get blood work done and test your hormones. You may have an imbalance that requires oral medication.