3 Ways You're Creating Skin Problems

Everyone's skin is unique and sometimes the best intentions can contribute to problems. Sometimes nuisance problems, such as acne breakouts, dry patches, or an oily T-zone, can be minimized by simple modifications to your skin care routine.

Exfoliating Too Much

You might be led to believe the more you exfoliate, the better, especially if you frequently experience clogged pores. Even if your skin does not feel irritated, you might be exfoliating too much if you are doing a thorough exfoliation more than once or twice per week. Try exfoliating your skin at the beginning and end of the week. Between times, you might want to gently wash your face with a clean washcloth or paper towel. Both have enough texture to lightly buff away dead skin, especially if you need spot treatments for flaky patches. If you have oily skin, you should be more meticulous about exfoliating. Regular exfoliation may lead to increased oil production.

Treating All Your Skin The Same

Rarely will your entire face have the same skin type and needs. Treating all of your face with the same products can cause problems. Try using face washes made for normal or combination skin, which can be more of a balance between different areas of your face. If you use face masks, try to use different masks based on the area of your face. For example, you might apply an oil-absorbing mask on your T-zone and a moisturizing mask on drier areas of your face. Moisturizers and serums are other parts of your skin care routine that should be different for various areas of your face.

If you have specialty products, such as a face wash for acne, it makes little sense to apply the product where you do not have breakouts. Many of these products are designed to dry out active acne and applying them to drier, acne-free areas of your face will only lead to skin irritation and excessively dry skin.

Not Using A Makeup Primer

Makeup primers are not only about helping your makeup apply better and stay in place longer, but they can have good properties for your skin and serve as a barrier. An oil-controlling primer can reduce oil production throughout the day, whether or not you wear makeup. Additionally, many makeup primers are designed to fill in your pores, which can reduce the amount of makeup that settles into your pores and contributes to breakouts later. You may also find it is much easier to ensure all your makeup is removed at the end of the day when you use a primer.

Sometimes less is more when it comes to your skin. Making simple changes to your routine can reduce problems later. A company like Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists of Moreno Valley can offer more advice.