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Acne! Lifestyle Mistakes

Oct 23, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi

Acne breakouts affect the skin of the majority of teenagers and some adults. Some people are lucky enough to have only occasional breakouts while those unlucky ones may experience ongoing acne breakouts. Other than the physical pain it brings to you, acne breakout can affect you emotionally and psychologically, causing anxiety and embarrassment to you.

To solve acne problem, you must first find out the reasons why you are having acne breakout. Other than hormonal influences and puberty, experts say that acne breakout is actually what your face is trying to tell you about the mistakes you made in your life and skincare routines which cause you acne problem. Hence, this article is going to help you to explore some common lifestyle and skincare mistake that can cause acne.

Inappropriate cleansing and exfoliating habits:

Experts say that you must at least cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle and hydrating cleanser. Insufficient cleansing means you are not washing all the dirt, oil and makeup on your face and this will clog the pores which results in irritation and acne. On the other hand, it has been agreed that exfoliating twice or thrice a week can remove dead skin cells on your skin surface. Although scrubbing can keep your face clean enough to avoid acne, over-scrubbing can scrub away healthy skin cells which protect your skin and this can lead to hypersensitivity that can cause breakout.

Filthy bedding:

Your bedding sheet and pillowcases can transfer dirt and oil to your skin and cause acne. When they are not laundered or changed frequently, dirt and oil will build-up from the environment. When your skin and hair have contact with these bedding sheet and pillowcases, the dirt and oil is transferred back to your skin, clogging pores and causing irritation.

Acne-causing substances in your skincare and cosmetic products and tools:

Your acne problem could be due to irritation-causing and pore-clogging ingredients like comedogenic mineral oil and silicones in your products. If you have acne problem and suspect that it is caused by your products, you should stop using them and see what happens. If acne problem do improve, then it is the problem of your products and you might want to consider changing other products. Besides, you should also make sure the hygiene of your skincare and makeup tools as the dirt and oil accumulated on those tools can irritate your skin and cause acne breakout.

Improper diet:

There is always a connection between what you eat and acne breakouts. Dairy products, sugar and spicy food are the common foods that cause you to have acne. Dairy products like milk and cheese are produced by pregnant cows and contain high levels of hormones that can send your oil glands into overdrive and aggravate acne whereas sugar is said to be able to aggravates the hormonal acne and promote inflammation. Besides, spicy food often contains tomatoes and peppers which contain acidic lycopene that can irritate the skin, causing imbalance in the skin pH levels and triggering breakouts.


Improper acne treatment:

Overusing acne-treating products that contain topical salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulphur can worsen your acne problem. These ingredients can dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil which leads to acne. Besides, these ingredients can burn your skin if used too frequent, making the acne appear redder and harder to heal.

Lack of protection against the sun:

Light sun exposure can benefit your skin but sun exposure can cause you acne if you are spending more time under the sun without putting on sunscreen. This is because the sun can cause your skin to dry out and trigger more sebum production which leads to acne. Besides, after getting sunburn, your skin becomes more sensitive and easier to get irritated.

Improper hair care products and routine:

Shampoos, conditioners and stylers contain sulfates (cleansing agents), heavy moisturizing agents and silicones that can seep into your pores, clogging them and causing acne. Not tilting your head over to the side when washing your hair worsens the problem because this makes it easy for the hair products’ residue to travel to your face. In addition, washing your hair less often can cause the oil and grease in your scalp and increase the chance of them travelling to your face.

Insufficient sleep:

Lack of sleep causes stress which leads to increase in the substance cortisol in the body. This cortisol will cause your skin to secrete more sebum which results in clogged pores and acne. Moreover, sleep deprivation can cause increase in insulin resistance which can make you to become acne-proned because insulin resistance increase glucose in your body.

So, after understanding a number of common lifestyle and skincare mistakes that can cause you acne, you might want to avoid these mistakes to improve your acne problem. On the other hand, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’, for those who do not face acne problem currently may also want to take precaution of these common mistakes.


No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.

Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.

Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.

Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.

Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.

Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.

Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.