Flare ups, acne, and breakouts. We've all been there at one point or another - those pesky blemishes that just won't go away no matter what we do. While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to problem skin, there are a few surprising culprits that you may not be aware of. Here are 5 things that could be causing your flare ups or breakouts:
1. Make up remover wipes
Even if you're using them to remove your makeup at night, these wipes can actually cause your flare ups or breakouts. That's because they often contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. Instead, opt for a gentler cleanser or cleansing balm like our Manuka honey-based Honeybutter to remove your make up gently and safely.
2. Brushing your teeth after applying moisturizer
This is a big no-no! The water, abrasive toothpaste and then using a rough towel leaves the skin around your mouth stripped and sensitive. So, you're essentially removing all of the amazing, expensive creams and serums you've just applied and stripping your skin of its natural oils. This could lead to further dryness, irritating a flare up or even acne, as your body attempts to produce more sebum to counteract the dryness. Instead, be sure to brush your teeth first and then apply your nightly skincare ritual to get the best results and keep your flareups in check.
3.Using a dirty makeup brush
If you don't clean your makeup brushes regularly, they can actually collect bacteria which can then be transferred to your skin, causing flare ups or breakouts. Aim to clean your brushes at least once a week, using a gentle soap and water solution.
4. Applying too much pressure when cleansing
When you're cleansing your face or body, be sure to use gentle pressure and circular motions. Scrubbing too hard can actually damage your skin and lead to flare ups or breakouts. And make sure to use a gentle, unscented body wash like Dandy that won't worsen your damaged skin by stripping it of its natural oils or clogging the pores with artificial fragrances!
5. Your cellphone
If you're constantly on your phone, you're transferring oil and bacteria from your face to your phone and back again. This can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Solution: Clean your phone regularly with a disinfectant wipe.
Do any of these culprits sound familiar to you? If so, it might be time to make a few changes in your routine and see if that helps clear up your skin.