Breaking out is probably one of the most universally hated experiences a person can undergo. No one likes waking up to a face full of pimples, and what makes it worse is that it generally takes a long time for your pimples to go away entirely.
Most people don’t like waiting for this long and this often leads them to take certain action which makes there skin a lot worse and even leads to permanent damage to their skin.
Here are three things you should AVOID doing if you want to get your acne under control.
1. POPPING PIMPLES
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), you should never try popping a pimple at home. One of the most common mistakes people make when they get acne is they try and pop their pimples in order to ‘speed up’ the process. Yes, zits don’t look great on your face, but popping them can lead to permanent damage.
In many cases, acne extends down deep to the inner layers of your skin and if you pop your pimple you risk pushing the bacteria even deeper into your skin and causing permanent damage which can leave a depression in that area.
Also, when you pop your pimples and don’t clean properly afterward, you risk spreading the bacteria around and making your breakout even worse then it was before.
If you really can’t wait, you can try using the cold-press method or the heat-press method to try and decrease the size of your pimples without aggravating them.
2. CLEANING/SCRUBBING TOO MUCH
Another common mistake that people make is they start over-cleaning their skin to try and get rid of the bacteria. This is a major mistake for two reasons.
First of all, scrubbing your face constantly makes your skin dry and inflamed which can make you pimples even bigger due to temporary infection. Secondly, when you scrub too much you end up stipping your skin of its natural oils which are necessary for keeping your skin healthy.
Studies show that scrubbing your face daily can lead to new lesions in your skin because of follicular rupture.
Washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day should be more than enough to keep your skin clean.
3. GIVING UP TOO SOON
Lastly, individuals generally tend to give up on whatever product they are using if they don’t see results overnight or within three days. You have to remember that your pimples were not formed overnight-even though it may feel like that.
Acne takes a long time to develop due to a mixture of hormones, diet, and environmental factors. You will have to be patient to undo the damage that has been done if you want to clear your pimples properly.
You should give yourself at least one week of trying a treatment, before trying to switch to something else.
Breaking out can be annoying, but touching your pimples, scrubbing your face constantly, and being impatient are only going to make matters worse. When you break out you should take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Mentally preparing yourself can work wonders in helping you be patient while treating your pimples effectively and without doing permanent damage to your skin.