Acne. For such a short word it can sure cause a lot of trouble. Aside from basic genetics and excess oil, there are certain habits that you could be repeating that are preventing your skin from becoming clear. Here are a few of the top reasons, and how you can avoid them! 

You touch your face.

This can be a hard habit to break, but try to avoid touching your face. When you touch your face it transfers bacteria, oil, and dirt onto your skin. Yuck! Keep your hands off for a while and you’ll begin to notice a difference in your complexion. 

You’re using the wrong products for your skin type.

Get to know the type of skin you have and find a routine that fits that skin type. Many of us either don’t know our skin type or are using the wrong products for it. Is your skin oily, dry, combination, or normal? If you are unsure, talk to a dermatologist to find out. Once you know your skin type, you can start finding products that complement it. If your skin is oily, you’ll want to avoid heavy creams, lotions, or anything that contains mineral oils. Instead look for light liquids or gels that will help prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Dry skin types should look for thicker products, while combination skin needs a mix of light and heavy products for different areas of the face. If you have a normal skin type, than you can choose which products you like best. 

You aren’t releasing stress properly.

Stress can wreak havoc on your skin by triggering acne. It does this by causing your skin to release stress hormones that activate oil production and in turn, clog your pores. Even if you are doing everything else right for your skin, stress will prevent it from being clear. In order to combat stress, try to do things that help you relax - like meditation, yoga, or simply focusing on yourself for a little bit each day. 

You're eating the wrong foods for your skin. 

Your skin may be negatively reacting to what you eat. Try to find out if your diet could be the culprit behind your breakouts. Spice, bread, dairy, sugar, and other types of foods have all been known to irritate skin, depending on the person and their own genetics. Just remember that everyone’s skin behaves differently, so what works for one individual may not work for you.

You still think the sun clears acne.

Okay, we’ve all thought this at some point or another, and some of us still do. But the fact is that the sun is actually making your acne worse. Although you may feel like your skin is more clear after sun exposure, the truth is that the sun is drying out your skin, which is creating more oil production. The combination of dead skin cells and excess oil is clogging your pores and creating more breakouts. So next time you are out in the sun, be sure to use a natural sunscreen (these contain fewer chemicals which help prevent you from breaking out), and a hat to protect your face from the harsh rays. 

You aren’t washing your face after you workout.

Make sure that you remove any makeup before you workout. Then immediately following your workout, wash your face thoroughly. If you don’t, all of your sweat mixed with dirt, bacteria and oil, will settle into your pores and cause future breakouts. If you don’t have time for a full on face wash, then at least use a facial wipe post-workout to clear away some of that sweat and bacteria.

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