15 Jan

7 Sneaky Causes of Bad Skin

Often we concentrate so hard on making our skin better that we fail to notice some of the more common things that we do that can make our skin worse. Here are seven causes of bad skin!

1. Make-up Choices

Our choice of make0up is critical to great skin. Make-up that contains talc and fine particles will block pores and lead to congestion. Typically this presents as a raised rash-like appearance combined with blackheads but can rapidly extend into full-blown spots. Left unchecked this will result in an acne breakout.

Sadly, many people who experience this then use more make-up in an attempt to disguise the problem and rather than improve the situation this makes it worse. A good foundation is one of the best investments that you can make in your skin. Use a mineral make-up that states it is non-comedogenic (which means it will not block pores) at all times. I favour Issada.

2. Using Dirty Make-Up Brushes

We all know what a chore it is to wash our make-up brushes and the very time we remember they need cleaning is just when we are about to use them. Brushes and sponges are a hiding place for bacteria, germs and even mould – especially in our tropical Queensland climate.

To overcome this, it is a good idea to have more than one set to rotate so that you always have a clean set. Synthetic brushes are also easier to clean and of course cruelty-free.

Use a brush cleaner that contains an anti-bacterial agent to provide additional protection from germs, rather than just soap and water.

3. Using the wrong skincare

Choice of skincare is personal, and we are often guilty of making our choice based on two things – how it smells and how it feels. The problem here is that fragrance and “slip factor” are just the cosmetic ingredients in skincare whereas the actual active ingredients are the most important part.

Our skin needs change according to our age, our health, environmental factors such as pollution as well as stress and hormones. This means we need to be vigilant in considering our skincare regimen.

Not all skincare is alike or even based on the same principles and mixing different manufacturer’s products can be counterproductive and affect the pH of the skin. As tempting as it is to keep trying new ranges and products it is better to focus on finding products to meet your specific skin needs.

4. Changes in the Seasons

Seasonal changes are one of the most noticeable causes of skin problems. When we move into the summer, we subject our skin not only to extremes of heat and cold as we go in and out of the air-conditioning but to the extremely drying nature of air-conditioning too.

It follows therefore that we should see our skincare as needing a quarterly check up to ensure that we are using the right products for the time of year.

5. The Question of Cleansing 

We can all relate to falling into bed late at night too exhausted to wash our face and waking up with make-up all over the pillow and panda eyes where our mascara has smudged! As a very occasional event this is not world shaking but if this is a regular pattern for you then stop now.

Sleeping in your make-up prevents your skin from breathing, traps sweat and increases the risk of breakout. Also, all that make-up left on your pillow will be there the next night to go straight back onto your face.

6. Hands Off

Whether it is to wipe away sweat or to lean on your desk, touching the face during the day is never a good thing. Students particularly are prone to leaning on their desk chin in hand which of course transfers dirt and grime to their face.

If you are an acne sufferer, there is no doubt that there is a temptation to pick and squeeze, but again this can be counterproductive as it encourages the spread of infection.

If you work in a hot environment such as in a kitchen or workshop, try taking a small clean towel to work with you every day to wipe away sweat and wash your face a couple of times during the day with a gentle cleanser.

7. Hair Products

Hair products are often the unknown enemy to good skill. If your hair is styled to touch your face, then remember that mousse, gel and hairspray will all conspire to irritate your skin or block your pores. Again, sufferers of bad skin often deliberately hide their face in their hair exasperating the problem.

Whatever your skin type or concern at Ultimate Skin & Body Clinics we have the know-how to help you. Why not book a complimentary consultation with one of our expert team members.

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