Acne and your everyday life
Acne prone skin tends to be more reactive to certain skin aggravating factors, in ways you might neglect in your everyday life too! Here are some lifestyle habits in your life that contributes to your breakouts and hinder your acne treatment process.
1. Hair products can clog your pores – Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair oil
Most of us probably know that it is important to wash off hair conditioner completely. But I bet you don’t know why. In fact, not only your conditioner, but shampoo and additional hair products can all affect your acne condition.
Hairline pimples, back acne or even shoulder pimples – all of these could be due to the hair products that you use. For instance, oil-based shampoos and conditioners can clog up your pores in these areas, especially if shampoo is not rinsed off completely. Hair oil products may transfer onto these areas as well throughout the day.
What you can do to reduce the risk of hair products causing acne is to shampoo and condition first, then go through with a body wash. This ensures that all of the shampoo and conditioner residue is washed off your hair and body. Take care especially of the nape of your neck at the back! Additionally, looking for H2O in the first three listed ingredients in your shampoos can help ensure your shampoo is aqua-based. These types of shampoos are less likely to have oils that could potentially clog your pores. Shampoos that contain salicylic acid also have an added benefit of helping to balance natural oils production on your scalp and skin.
2. Not changing your dirty pillow case as often as you should
No one likes to sleep in filth. Yet, unknowingly, some of us roll our faces and skin around in bacteria every night. Our pillows are in contact with our hair/scalp, our cheeks, our hands, our bodies (when we use it as a prop). As comfortable as they get with wear, they also collect an increasing amount of bacteria over time. Bacteria on our pillows and pillow cases thus grow and fester, and transfer to our faces and necks/backs when we sleep on them. These bacteria then translate into acne and breakouts on our skin, seemingly overnight. No matter how thorough your skincare regime is at night, it could all go to waste just because of your pillow!
As such, ensure that you wash you pillow case and sheets at least once a week according to advice from skincare experts! You should wash it as often as you can, changing into fresh sheets every few days to ensure maximum hygiene practice. Additionally, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to use fragrance-free detergents and avoid softeners to prevent any form of skin aggravations. If you are feeling too lazy for that, you may choose to wrap a towel around your pillow instead. All you then have to do is to change it every other day for optimum hygiene and convenience!
Not only do clean and crisp sheets feel good, you’re also creating an optimum environment for your skin to heal and rejuvenate as you sleep!
3. Dirty hand phone screen
Especially in this age of smartphones, our phone screens collect tons of bacteria from our hands and the environment. It interacts with all kinds of surfaces like your friend’s hands, tables and even the ground. As such, when we press our phone screens to our faces for calls, all kinds of detestable bacteria is being transferred to our faces . This could result in acne breakouts! Simultaneously, oil can be trapped – clogging up your pores!
To reduce this bacteria build-up and transfer to your face, there are a few preventive measures you may pick up. First, and most easy to apply to life, simply reduce the pressure of your phone against your face. Hold it loosely or at an angle so there is minimal to no direct contact between your skin and the surface of the phone. Alternatively, you may opt to use headphones or ear phones instead. Third, wipe down your phone screen as often as possible, either with a clean tissue or a micro-fibre cloth. Using a phone case with a cover could also help to reduce the contact of your phone screen with environmental pollutants. Just be sure to still wipe down your phone screen often because the insides of your phone covers are not bacteria-resistant either!
4. Lazy and incomplete removal of makeup
This, we are all familiar with as a bad skin habit. Leftover makeup or makeup residue clogs up your pores and facilitate bacteria build-up. Over time, this turns into horrid acne and pimple breakouts – especially around your hairline. Don’t let vanity come at the cost of your beauty! Make sure you have your skin as your best accessory by keeping it clean and hygienic.
What comes widely recommended by skin professionals and us at My Cozy Room is the double cleansing method. First, to go through with an oil cleanser to remove all make-up and clear your pores of the gunk that has accumulated throughout the day. Second, to wash with a water-based cleanser to remove any residue. This process works to ensure your skin is clean but not stripped of its natural oils.
My Cozy Room Recommends:
Always use this with a Phytoactive fluid to prevent getting your pores clogged!
My Cozy Room demonstrates this practice and benefits in all our facial treatments using BABOR’s bi-phase cleansing treatment, using the BABOR HY-OL and Phytoactive fluid. Effectively cleansing out the pores and prepping the skin for the following steps of treatment and skincare!
5. Not cleaning your makeup tools
Brushes and sponges – no stranger to all make-up lovers. Yet in this pursuit of beauty, sometimes we neglect the cleanliness of these tools that come into close contact with our skin and pores. Make-up left on these brushes and sponges overtime fosters bacteria growth. As a result, every time you use these tools, you are also spreading bacteria over and into your pores, causing acne and pimple outbreaks.
Depending on how often you use your brushes and sponges, you should wash your make-up tools at least once a week. If you are a make-up artist or use heavy make-up regularly, you should wash your tools daily, or after every use.
6. Over-scrubbing/exfoliating/brushing of skin
Although accompanying your daily facial cleansing with weekly exfoliation is recommended, anything more than that is generally discouraged. This is especially so for acne prone and sensitive skin. Over-exfoliation or brushing of your face can cause your face to become more vulnerable and sensitive to breakouts. This is as your skin becomes stripped of its natural goodness and natural protective barriers. This results in increased oil production as your skin’s natural reaction to protect itself, ultimately causing acne and pimple breakouts.
Moderate your exfoliation regularity and opt for gentler exfoliation methods, especially if you have sensitive skin. Chemical exfoliation is typically recommended as the gentler option to mechanical exfoliation, as less scrubbing and tugging of the skin is involved.
My Cozy Room Recommends:
BABOR carries a variety of chemical exfoliants as alternatives to mechanical exfoliants. At My Cozy Room, our Anti-Acne treatments use the BABOR Enzyme Peeling Mask during the exfoliation step. It is a non-granular formula which chemically exfoliates and prepares the skin for the following treatments it is about to receive.
7. Not hydrating sufficiently
Many people mistake oily skin to require less hydration. In fact, dehydrated skin produces more oils, which could end up clogging your pores more and causing more breakouts. It is important to ensure that you keep your skin adequately hydrated under different climates and conditions. This is especially so with most acne products that tend to dry out the skin.
Oily skin types might prefer water-based moisturisers that are easier to absorb and less likely to sit uncomfortably on top of your skin. Acne prone skin types will want to look out for non-comedogenic moisturisers to avoid any possibility of clogging up pores. Additionally, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day!
My Cozy Room Recommends:
My Cozy Room’s best sellers include the Doctor BABOR Hydro Cellular Hyaluron Infusion and Cream. Packed full of hyaluronic acid and hy-3 peptides, this serum and cream duo boast of formulas that work to infuse your skin with moisture. At the same time, it also works to prevent your skin from dehydrating throughout the day. Furthermore, it helps the skin to produce more of its own natural moisturising factors. This helps build-up the natural resilience of your skin against environmental stressors.
Moisturise and hydrate day and night for healthy, glowing skin that is clear and acne-free!
8. Improper use of facial sunscreen
Sun protection is crucial in our skincare regimes, but did you know that it could also be the cause of your acne and pimple breakouts? According to skin professionals and dermatologists, using the wrong sunscreen, especially oilier sunscreens, could end up clogging up your pores. Dr Sarah Shah specifies in detail that acne caused by sunscreens occur due to the “occlusion of the pores by comedogenic materials”. Additionally, mineral sunscreens that sit atop the skin can also block the pores and cause spots.
My Cozy Room Recommends:
A simple rule of thumb when selecting your facial sunscreen is to look out for those labelled as non-comedogenic and are broad spectrum to ensure protection without pore-clogging properties. My Cozy Room recommends the ProSkin UV Sunscreen SPF 40++ as an effective solution for a light-weight and comfortable wear throughout the day.
Whilst many of us consider sunscreen as a step in our skincare routine, that does not mean it’s wise to leave it overnight on our faces! Sunscreen can catch dirt and trap bacteria throughout the day, which could eventually lead to congested pores and breakouts. A plain water wash would not be sufficient to wash off sunscreens effectively too, considering how we usually opt for water-resistant/proof formulas.
To ensure that all of your facial sunscreen is removed completely, experts recommend using either oil cleansers or micellar waters. Make sure you get right into the nooks and crannies of your face! Areas like your hairline and around your nostrils are often neglected and trap the most product and dirt. So be meticulous with your cleansing routine and ensure that sunscreen residue does not build up and trap bacteria bad for your skin!
9. Insufficient sleep time
Lying in bed and perusing Instagram/Facebook/Youtube before you sleep? Staying up all night rushing work, partying and hanging out with friends? This all results in you discounting your own sleep time. Your skin cells rejuvenate and repair themselves in the evening when you are sleeping. It is also when different hormones are released to aid in this skin repair process. Cutting back on your sleep directly denies your skin of doing its job to protect and maintain itself. This increases its vulnerability and stress, leading to acne and breakouts.
No matter how many steps are involved in your skincare regime, ensuring you sleep enough through the night is essential to strengthening your skin. According to board-certified sleep medicine doctor and neurologist W. Christopher Winter, these hormones are released during the first three hours of your sleep. However, production ceases at 2am. As such, you should aim to sleep by 11pm to enjoy the maximum benefits of these hormones for your skin.
Your liver also detoxifies itself between 11pm-3am, when you are sleeping. If you are not at rest, your liver cannot begin this process. The detoxification of your liver is crucial in the upkeep of your skin health as well because it flushes wastes and toxins out of your body. Without which, the stress can be translated to your complexion and result in acne breakouts. Find out more about the link between your liver health and acne conditions!
10. Unhealthy diet
Have you found yourself breaking out or your acne worsening after indulging in too much festive goodies? Well, that’s because not only does food affect your physique, it affects your complexion too. There are some foods that have been found to cause acne when over-consumed:
- refined carbohydrates (e.g. carbohydrates made using white flour),
- refined sugars (e.g. sweeteners like cane sugar and maple syrup),
- dairy products,
- whey protein powder.
Find out about more foods to avoid for an anti-acne life with us!
Ensure that your diet is suited to your skin’s needs and is not detrimental or exacerbating to your skin condition. Moderation is always key. An occasional McDonalds or Tiger Sugar BBT is a treat you deserve! But especially if you have acne prone skin, you might want to control your consumption levels more.
You should also pay attention to your health!! Read about how your acne may indicate a breakdown in various parts of your health too.
Care for your skin at all times for an acne free life
Ultimately, awareness of your skin’s needs at all times in different environments is necessary to ensure that you are practising good skincare habits. My Cozy Room offers anti-acne treatments that can effectively help you clear your acne. However, it is important that you do your part in your everyday lives to ensure you maintain the best possible conditions for your skin. My Cozy Room believes in a holistic approach to skin health. Our treatments work optimally with an anti-acne lifestyle. If you would like to join the Cozy family in your journey towards an acne-free life, feel free to call us at 6732 0030 to make your appointments and find out more.
You may also contact us or drop by our spa to learn more and pick-up any of the products mentioned in this article that piqued your interest!