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Ten reasons why your acne maybe getting worse

May 16, 2012 by Works with Water

So you’ve been doing everything you can to try to combat your acne: you wash your skin several times a day, CTM (Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise) and you’ve spent a fortune on all the topical lotions you can find for acne… However, nothing seems to be working!

Before you do things blindly and expect results, it’s time you understand how your skin products might be the hidden culprits.

As a rule, if you are prone to acne, look for products which have the word ‘non-comedogenic’ mentioned on the labels. (The term ‘comedogenic’ refers to products which clog the skin pores causing pimples).

Apart from this, you could watch out for the following too:

  1. Avoid lotions and sunscreens containing synthetic Lanolin, which is a very comedogenic substance.
  2. Use hair gels, sprays and styling products very sparingly and with care. They contain alcohol and oils, which are harmful for skin with pimples. Do remember to cover your face when you are using them.
  3. Avoid foundations containing Isopropyl Myristate. They can act as irritants that can flare up your acne.
  4. Avoid fragrant lotions and creams. The fragrances in them can cause allergies and acne.
  5. Use eye creams sparingly, only if really required. They are generally thicker than regular moisturizers.
  6. Avoid cream blushes and eye shadows. They are generally thicker and comedogenic. Go with powder or gel blushes and eye shadows instead and make sure you don’t use any cosmetic product beyond its expiry date.
  7. Avoid eye shadows and powders containing shimmer. The mica particles in them can cause clogging of your pores.
  8. Clean your applicators regularly, this is something that a lot of people forget to do. Makeup brushes and applicators are a place where bacteria can grow, and you are then rubbing those bacteria on your skin.
  9. Avoid using fragrant soaps to wash your face. Use a mild cleanser or face wash at least 2-3 times a day. Take care not to scrub your face very hard when you wash it. It might just cause the acne to spread.
  10. Avoid long-drawn, tempting facials with a lot of facial massage with heavy creams. And stay away from microdermabrasion or laser treatments as they could end up scarring your skin.


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