A breakout is completely frustrating, but, what’s worse, is not being able to figure out why you broke out in the first place.
You’re faithful with a regular skincare program, you eat the right foods, you limit your stress, and yet, it continues to show up like a bad boyfriend.
Reality is, there are a number of reasons why your skin is acting out like a 2 year old. Today, we’re going to talk about the top 5 reasons why you’re still breaking out.
You’re not doing it right
It doesn’t matter how much money you spend or how faithful you are to a skincare routine, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t use it the right way.
I get it. You’re in a rush.
Yes, I do it too. sometimes we speed up the routine by quickly cleansing, then splashing cold water over our face once, and we’re done, right?
Here’s why this is a problem. When we wash our face, the residue carrying oil and bacteria runs down our chin and onto our neck. When we splash just our face, we’re not completely rinsing. We allow it to sit there, only to find we start breaking out around the jawline and neck.
Splash twice; once on your face and the other on your chin and neck. Will it mess up your bathroom sink? Probably, but, better that than a mess on your face, right?
You’re using the same washcloth and towel
I know. I catch myself doing this too.
Sometimes it’s easier to grab the washcloth or towel closest to us, but, it usually ends up being the same one we used yesterday, and even worse, 10 people may have been using it after using the bathroom. Enough said? ? Here’s what to keep in mind. Bacteria loves to live in a used towel because it gets stuck in the fibers.
Instead of keeping one washcloth and one hand towel in your powder room, keep 2. Each time you use one of them, replace it. This way, you no longer have an excuse. 🙂
You’re using the wrong stuff
Here’s what I mean by this: If you’re using a cleanser for dry skin and yours is oily, you might as well be using motor oil. Sounds a little extreme I know, but think about it. Different skin types have different needs and those needs require the right products for the right skin type.
First, make sure you know your skin type, (keep in mind it may change a couple of times a years during a change of season.) then make sure you are using the right products for that skin type.
You can’t remember the last time you washed your brushes
Once, again, I’m a serial offender. It’s so much easier to use a makeup brush in the basket right next to me instead of grabbing my clean extra set of brushes. But, just like fibers in a towel, bristles easily harbor bacteria, and each time you use a dirty brush, you’re putting it back on your face.
Have 2 sets of brushes so you can swap one for the other when you clean them. That 2nd set doesn’t have to be expensive. I use the same small set I pack when traveling.
You’re using the same makeup sponge
Makeup sponges are a great tool, but just like brushes, they suck up bacteria.
If you use a blending sponge, be sure to keep it clean every time you use it, and make sure you replace it every couple of months. The easiest fix is to buy a package of disposable sponges so you can easily throw them out each time you use them.
And, it’s possible to not know what caused your breakout. But, by following the tips above, you can be sure it most likely wasn’t you!
Did I miss something from the list? Tell me all about it below.