If you ever have to deal with acne, then you know it's not as easy as "just wash your face" or "have you tried drinking water?" Acne is determined by your genetics and unfortunately finding the right treatment for your skin can get really confusing because acne is a complicated science. Not only do you have to deal with products and habits that just flat out don't do anything to help but there's also the chance that you might be making your acne worse. We know that can be incredibly frustrating but we want to save you the trouble and clue you in on 6 things you should avoid doing to prevent making your acne worse.


Exfoliating too much.

Exfoliating can do a lot of good for your skin and is actually necessary no matter what kind of skin type you have to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. But like the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing and exfoliating is no exception. You shouldn't exfoliate more than 2 or 3 times a week. Doing it more often than that or using exfoliants that are too harsh can end up doing more harm than good. You can end up removing not only dead skin cells but also healthy skin cells that protect your skin from drying out as well as causing micro tears in your skin. The result is dry, irritated skin that will actually end up overproducing even more oils to compensate for the dryness it's experiencing.



Using blotting papers.

You might be wondering, how can blotting papers make acne worse if they're removing the oils that cause acne? Well, because they're removing too much oil. In the short run this might pay off but you'll pay the consequences in the long run. Your skin notices when it's lacking oil and ends up overcompensating by making even more which will probably just lead you to use blotting papers even more and the cycle continues. No bueno. You don't have to give up the sheets entirely but do use them sparingly.



Retouching your makeup.

On that note, retouching your makeup in general can actually be bad. Think about it. By the time you makeup needs retouching, your skin has been exposed to hours of dirt, sweat, oils, and other pollution. And now you're going to apply another layer of makeup on top of all of that. You're basically going to seal in all that nasty stuff into your skin. Instead of  retouching, invest in makeup products that are designed to be long-lasting. If and when a retouch is absolutely necessary, make sure to use a clean applicator and wash your makeup off thoroughly at the end of the day.



Eating sugary foods.

Yet another reason to eat a healthy diet. Foods high in refined sugars will spike your insulin which leads to inflammation of the skin and also increases sebum production which causes the formation of pimples and acne. Like everything else in your body, a healthy, balanced diet can improve the condition of your skin. It can pay off to keep track of what you eat and how your acne is doing because carbs, alcohol, and fatty foods can also impact your skin. You might find that eating certain foods will lead to breakouts a few days later.



Using day and night products at the wrong time.

Skincare products are often designated to either the morning or night because your skin will have different needs depending on the time of day. During the day, your skin is actively producing oils and sweat and working to protect you from the sun. At night, your skin is in its most active state of repair while you sleep. You want to use the right products at the right time of the day so that your skin reaps the most benefits. Daytime products are usually more lightweight and geared towards sun protection whereas nighttime products tend to be heavier and never offer protection from the sun.



Using the wrong order.

Okay so using products out of order may not necessarily make your acne worse but it certainly won't make it better. Generally, you want to apply products from the thinnest to the thickest consistency. The right order makes sure that the products that most need to penetrate the skin will do so while the ones designed to sit on top of the skin will do that without blocking out the other products. The best use order will go something like this:



So have you realized you might need to change up your routine? Let us know how that works for you @boxbeautyco