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6 skin sins for acne sufferers

Six of the most common reasons you just can't break free from those blemishes.

6 skin sins for acne sufferers

1. Believing beauty rumours

It's tempting to click on every single home-remedy ‘miracle’ cure that social media tries to throw at you, but changing your skincare routine every three days to try the latest hyped product can leave your skin confused. It's as ineffective as yo-yo dieting; your body needs time to adjust and settle into a new routine. Plus, most of those beauty myths are just that anyway.

2. Ask a friend

While it's good to seek support from your friends, remember that everyone's skin is unique. Just because one friend found a solution, doesn't mean it'll work for you. We're all different, so go and see your GP or a professional dermatologist, not your BFF.

3. Picking at spots

We know it's so hard to resist, but picking and scratching at blemishes can make them much, much worse. Not only do you risk spreading bacteria - worsening the blemish and causing more of them - but the damage to your skin could leave permanent scars.

4. Not cleansing properly

Cleansing needs to be taken seriously. If you suffer from acne, a regular face wash just won't cut it. A gel, cream-based or micellar wash tailored to your skin type should be applied twice a day.

5. Not knowing your skin type

Speaking of skin type...do you know yours? Many people make the mistake of thinking that all acne-prone skin is oily, but this isn't the case. Using the wrong products for your skin type could be exacerbating the acne.

6. Impatience

While a lone blemish can be treated overnight, a more serious situation will take more time. Think of your skin like your body: when it's sick, it needs time to recover while being treated. Stay patient, keep at it and you'll reap the rewards.