You’re positive that you’re doing all the right things to kick your acne to the curb for good, yet every time you look in the mirror, a new breakout is forming! What gives? There are three pesky breakout-generating traps you might be falling into. Here’s how to avoid them.
You’re Using Too Many Acne Products
There’s a reason that the Acne Intelligence system doesn’t load you down with dozens of different serums and spot treatments – it’s possible to do too much when fighting acne! We prescribe only the products you need and none of the ones you don’t. Creating this balance in your skincare routine is one of the most important parts of fighting acne. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to try everything on the market to get the clear skin you want. At best, combining acne treatments can irritate your skin. At worst, mixing ingredients that don’t work well together can cause serious damage to your skin, giving way to chronic inflammation and dehydration that can worsen breakouts and cause lasting damage.
Your Skin Is Actually Dehydrated
You know now that combining acne treatments can lead to damage and dehydration – but what does that mean? Dehydrated skin is skin that is not getting or retaining enough water, not to be confused with dry skin, a skin type that naturally produces less sebum. Dehydrated skin is a condition, not a skin type. If you’ve ever felt like your skin is tight, sensitive, and dry but oily at the same time, you’ve probably experienced dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin often begins to produce more oil to compensate for its lack of water, an imbalance that gives way to inflammation, redness, and more blemishes.
You can combat dehydration by limiting harsh products, only washing your face once or twice per day, and always using moisturizer. It’s important to remember fighting acne doesn’t mean punishing your skin! Having elements in your routine that moisturize and nourish your skin is just as important as treating your acne. This is just one of the reasons that all Acne Intelligence routines include a moisturizer—all skin types need it!
You’re Popping Your Pimples
Remember the skin’s barrier? Picking, poking, and squeezing can do more damage than good, for it bursts capillaries (the tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface) and causes irritation and swelling that leaves marks looking more swollen, more noticeable, and redder than before. Plus, when you pop a pimple, you run the risk of spreading whatever sneaky bacteria and oils you have on your hands to the skin on your face, causing more breakouts that might not have happened otherwise. Let your acne treatments do the heavy lifting! Popping and picking your blemishes doesn’t do you or your skin any favors.
Acne Intelligence’s formulations contain just the right combination of acne-fighting ingredients for your skin, so you don’t have to guess at what products will be most effective for your concerns. Download the Acne Intelligence app and get your free consultation today. Remember to trust the process and stick to your Acne Intelligence routine. We’ll have you on the road to clear skin in no time.