You may think you’re doing all the right things when it comes to treating your blemish-prone skin, but you could be committing a few simple mistakes that are making your acne even worse. Consult this list of seven blunders that have a good chance of boosting your breakouts rather than stopping them in their tracks.
1. You’re using the wrong makeup and skin care products
One of the most common culprits that can make acne worse is simply the wrong makeup and skin care products. You may think you’re doing all the right things when it comes to treating your breakouts with alcohol-based products, harsh cleaners, and alkaline bar soaps. You might even be using that go-to household remedy, toothpaste, on your pimples. But they can all make acne worse, dermatologist Diane S. Berson tells WebMD.
Instead, swap out those no-no’s for noncomedogenic, oil-free, or acne-prone skin specific makeup and skin care products, all of which have far less chance of containing ingredients that will clog pores and lead to breakouts. It’s likely the cleansers may contain salicylic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that will also help minimize irritation.