Many of us with oily or combination skin avoid moisturiser like there’s no tomorrow, ‘surely it’ll make me oilier?’. Wrong. This does more harm than good. When your skin is dehydrated, it produces more oil to compensate, which increases the likelihood of blocked pores (if the oil can’t ‘escape’), thus causing pimples. Oil-based products will help to balance the sebum in your skin, just make sure you’ve cleansed first to avoid trapping dirt and bacteria beneath. YES, another skincare product you can justify buying.
Makeup brushes are the unsung hero of a great face (in my case, at least), blending products with ease for a somewhat-flawless finish – unless you forget to clean them properly. Though 72% of us admit to not cleaning our brushes regularly, they’re a breeding ground for bacteria, clogging pores and irritating skin with scary germs like MRSA and E Coli lurking between the bristles. This one’s an easy fix. Make time to clean your brushes; a gentle soap, warm water and ten minutes is all you’ll need.
Yep, your accessories could be bad news for your skin. Hats, scarves, sunglasses and that loyal sidekick mobile phone of yours are harbouring dirt and bacteria. Sweat and makeup remnants (to name two of the culprits), are transferring germs from your everyday accessories straight to your skin. Shucks. Make sure to keep your clothing clean, and disinfect your phone, headphones and even sunglasses regularly for healthier skin all year round.
Urgh, sorry, even your favourite pastime is a pimple-causing culprit. Acne mechanica is caused by materials touching the face (bacteria shifts from your face and hair, to pillow, and back to the skin). Pillowcases made from natural fabrics (which transfer less oil) come recommended, but the real issue lies in cleanliness. If your pillowcase isn’t changed regularly, it’ll stash all that grime, dirt and sweat. Delicious. Wash it regularly, and your face too right before you hop into the land of nod.
Alright, I know you hate me by now, but that sweet, syrupy red Coke you love to slurp on is your nemesis (not just the for the sugar slump post-sipping). Soft drinks are loaded with refined sugar. Consuming these high glycemic foods can increase your blood sugar, and to battle these ‘spikes’ your body produces more insulin and testosterone, which can lead to skin inflammation and clogged pores. So while we love a fizzy drink (or Pina Colada) with friends, our skin could pay the price. Keep that diet balanced and your drinks healthier (H20 forever).
Though your makeup products aren’t causing acne, ingredients found within may clog pores or help acne-inducing bacteria to grow. Oil-prone areas like the forehead, nose, and chin are particularly susceptible to sebum buildup, clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads when coated in products like power and foundation. Try using products labeled as ‘non-comedogenic, to reduce bacteria build-up. Mineral makeup is a little kinder on the skin too. Or go bare, you’re beaut as you are, spots and all.
6 things you didn’t know cause spots
You know the usual drill for avoiding irritated skin: wash your face in the evening and avoid aggressive scrubs. But what about the rest of the skin stuff? Pimples and breakouts are caused by a number of things you’re probably doing on the daily (pizza – I’m looking at you). Here are the six ‘skin sins’ that are causing spots, so you can change your habits for good. Except the pizza-eating.
By Rachel Spedding
Another day, another cheeky spot that’s made its way onto our body in the night (so sly). It’s not how it looks (no yellow-tinged pimple will distract from that smile of yours), it’s that it’s damn uncomfortable. Turns out, that pulsating pimple could be trying to tell you something; as each affected area relates to something going on internally. We’re decoding our spots – place by place – figuring out the cause and how you can shift them. By Rachel SpeddingRead more
It’s summer which means we’ve all swapped our jumpers for t-shirts, trainers for sandals (pedicure, anyone?) and our jeans for shorts. Yep, bare legs. But, do you ever find your legs covered in weird black dots? Well, it turns out these are pretty common. They’re actually (informally) known as ‘strawberry legs’. The cause? Clogged pores. Here’s how to prevent them from forming. By Beth LudolfRead more
Every time a new spot appears – uninvited may I add – on my face, I can guess with about 99.9% accuracy what caused it. That big, painful, under-the-skin one on my chin? Time of the month. The angry ones around my mouth? Maskne, ugh, 2020. Diet is another big one (don’t worry, we’re not about to go all ‘you are what you eat’ on you). Eating too much red meat, refined sugar and saturated fats, or drinking too much alcohol are all classic culprits. Obviously, we’re not going to tell you to cut out chocolate or wine (we’re not that cruel)…Read more