Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While it can be treated effectively, it often leaves scars that can be difficult to eliminate. Many people believe they are doing the right thing for their skin by adopting certain skincare habits, but little do they know that some habits can worsen their acne scars.
Read on as we break down four skincare habits you should avoid if you have acne scars.
Sun exposure can worsen acne scars as it increases the production of melanin in your skin. Melanin is a pigment that gives your skin colour and helps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, too much melanin can cause dark spots to become even darker and make your acne scars more noticeable.
It is essential to use sunscreen every day to combat this problem. Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that may further damage your skin, especially if you are prone to developing acne scars after acne. Therefore, it is important to use products that protect from UV rays, such as The BeKind Sunshield SPF50. The product is a light, non-comedogenic sun shield with antioxidant properties that provide long-lasting protection against UV radiation and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
2. Excessively exfoliating
Exfoliating is an integral part of any skincare routine as it helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. However, over-exfoliating can cause more harm than good.
When you over-exfoliate, you remove more than just dead skin cells; you also remove healthy skin cells. This can cause skin irritation and redness and make your acne scars look more noticeable. It’s crucial to exfoliate only once or twice a week, depending on your skin type, and to use a gentle exfoliating product to avoid over-exfoliating.
3. Popping your pimples
Popping pimples with your bare hands is the biggest mistake you could make while having acne. When you pick at your pimples, you are causing further damage to your skin, which can lead to scarring.
You should resist the temptation to pop or touch your pimple. The harm of popping pimples can be rather severe as popping pimples can also introduce bacteria into your skin and cause inflammation, which prolongs the healing process. To treat acne effectively, you should apply a spot treatment cream and wait for it to heal. A recommended product would be The BeKind Microsilver Acne Treatment. It effectively treats acne and repairs acne scars while minimising further breakouts. It consists of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients suitable for all skin types.
Furthermore, you could consider consulting a skin specialist to find a suitable acne skincare product in Singapore for your acne troubles.
4. Wearing makeup to sleep
After spending a long day out, you might be tempted to go straight to bed when you get home. However, going to bed without cleaning off your makeup is one of the worst things you could do for your skin.
Cleansing your skin before you go to bed removes impurities and unclogs your pores, giving them a chance to breathe and reduces your chances of developing new acne in the morning. As much as possible, make sure you don’t skip this step in your daily skincare routine – try to incorporate face washing into your nightly self-care routine. Not only will it prevent worsening acne scars, but you will also find your skin more fresh and relaxed.
Ensuring that you adopt the right skincare habits for preventing and treating acne scars is essential. Not applying sunscreen, over-exfoliating, popping or picking at pimples and wearing makeup to sleep are habits that could worsen your acne scars. It is important to be mindful of the products you use and the habits you adopt and to choose products specifically designed for sensitive skin to avoid further damage.
If you find that your acne scars are still worsening even after avoiding these bad habits, you might want to consider booking a facial for acne. At My Cozy Room Facial Spa, our experts can advise you on the best acne treatment for sensitive skin. We also offer services such as our Premium Anti-Acne LED Facial that effectively lightens acne scars and clears stubborn acne using four different LED lights, this service is recommended for those with severe acne and scarring.
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