When battling with my severe acne, I noticed that there were certain things that I did that my skin did not like (at all). I thought I’d share with you some of my mistakes so that you don’t make the same mistakes as I did!
1. Abrasive Scrubs
Because I was none the wiser, I exfoliated my face daily with an abrasive, manual exfoliating face wash. However, I soon realized that my skin became sensitive and easily irritated. I would advise that if you have active acne, especially if you are using a prescribed topical treatment, avoid the use of abrasive facial scrubs at least until your acne is cleared.
My mild acne had gotten severe before I went on holiday to Greece last year and so I knew I was going to be in the sun all day. I was constantly worried about my skin breaking out from using sunscreen on my face, but it didn’t. If you feel uncomfortable slapping sunscreen onto your face during the day, try to invest in getting a face cream with a high SPF in or a sunscreen that is specifically made for your face that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays. This should not just be a holiday necessity; you should always have some form of sun protection on your face with a minimum of SPF. The sun's harsh rays can still cause damage to the skin, even if it doesn’t appear to be sunny outside.
3. Touching/Picking my Face
I’d be a hypocrite if I said that I have never picked at any spots on my face, but it really isn’t a good idea too. I have mixed race skin (black African and white) and when I pick my spots they leave a nice dark brown mark behind. Also, when you squeeze spots it is possible for the bacteria from a pimple to get deeper into the skin and spread to other areas on the face. This is how those deep, painful spots tend to form (they did in my case). It is best as well to avoid touching your face unnecessarily during the day and try to make a conscious effort not to do so. This is because your hands carry more bacteria than you’d like to realize. The cause of acne does lie deeper in the skin than the surface of the skin; however, you don’t want to have an unnecessary amount of bacteria on your face.