Top 9 Mistakes Made by People with Acne-Prone Skin

Acne Prone Skin

You are lucky if you have oily skin and yet you have never experienced zits or other conditions that hurt your appearance. A pesky zit may pop anytime especially ahead of major events, such as an interview or a date.

Other than being annoying, it may remain for a long time which can be frustrating. Although it is a common problem for people with acne-prone skin type, breakouts can be reduced* or prevented with appropriate care. Here are some of the common mistakes made by people with acne-prone skin type and how to prevent them:

1. Failure to Cleanse Before Bedtime

Cleanse Before Bedtime

Most people skip cleansing at night due to tiredness, but it is a crucial step in keeping your skin clean and clear. Makeup and oils are breeding places for bacteria that trigger blemishes. Blocked pore, dirt and other impurities increase* the chances of skin blemishes.

Ensure that you cleanse every night using a sulfate-free cleanser. If you often forget to cleanse before going to bed, make it a habit of cleansing earlier in the night.

2. Incorrect Use of Acne Products

While a majority of acne products is specially formulated to help dry up oil on the skin, this always does not happen. If you apply an acne product on your entire face, it will cause dryness all over, including areas that are not prone to breakouts.

If this happens, blemishes may emerge from oils and dead cells trapped under your skin. Instead of using products for acne treatment all over your face, target individual blemishes or areas that are prone. Go for acne products containing sulfate-free cleanser enriched with ingredient salicylic acid.

3. Skipping Exfoliating

You do not have to exfoliate on a daily basis, but when done on a weekly basis, it can help prevent breakouts. Exfoliating helps in the removal of dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities, which increase* the risk of blemishes.

It also opens up clogged pores. Simply use an exfoliant containing glycolic or salicylic acid help fight acne-causing bacteria while clearing pores and impurities.

4. Overuse of Dairy Products

There are claims that overuse of dairy products such as eggs and meat increases* the risk of skin breakouts. Nevertheless, greasy foods are not always the cause, but eating too much dairy puts you at a higher risk of cystic acne. It is, therefore, advisable to cut down your daily intake of some greasy foods like cheese, cream, frozen yogurt and milk. It can help lower or prevent the formation of new cysts.

5. Extended Use of Pillowcase

Extended Use of Pillowcase

Oil, bacteria, dirt and other impurities pile in the pillowcase over time. They become reintroduced to your skin if you fail to change the pillowcases for an extended duration. Ensure that you have several pillowcases and change every night if your skin is acne-prone.

Ensure that you wash them with a dye and fragrance-free laundry detergent. It may sound a simple step, but a worthy one to make if your acne persists.

6. Failure to Keep Pores Clean

The use of various cosmetic products causes clogging of pores. However, while these products can be effective, the best way to clearing of pores is through professional facials that incorporate manual extractions. It helps in elimination of bumps under your skin that never seem to go away.

Thorough cleansing by a skilled aesthetician opens up your pores making your skin clearer. It is important to ask your skincare expert for a recommendation for an aesthetician who can effectively carry out extractions effectively and gently.

7. Reliving Teenage Skincare Routine

You are more likely to continue using skincare products that are too harsh in causing dryness if you struggled with acne during your teenage years. While they might have helped in the fight against acne, such products usually turn out to be less effective as you get older.

If your skin becomes dehydrated, it can trigger an increase* in oil production, which leads to breakouts.

Because the resilience of your skin decreases* with age, you should gradually shift to from products you were using when a teenager and go for age-appropriate acne fighting formulations that do not affect your complexion or make your skin flaky.

Look for a moisturizer that is lightweight oil-free and rich in antioxidants. Often consult with a skincare expert for assessment occasionally.

8. Skipping Sunscreen

It can be difficult to find a sunscreen that will not trigger breakouts if you have oily skin and prone to clogged pores. It is the main reason most people skip sunscreen that exposes them to harmful rays of the sun that cause premature aging of the skin.

Look for a lightweight sunscreen that is not greasy but compatible with your skin. Consider sunscreens containing ingredients like zinc oxide. Alternatively, dust your skin with an SPF-infused mineral powder instead of a moisturizer to ensure that you are protected from UV rays of the sun.

9. Picking at Blemish

Picking at Blemish

It is one of the biggest mistake people with oily skin that they usually do it with the intention of eliminating blemish or make it less noticeable.

It can make it worse or cause scarring. The best way to achieve this is using a concealer. Gently rub using a soft cloth if a blemish becomes irritating, but do not use your bare fingers.


If you have been making any of these mistakes, it could be the reason your skin has become prone to acne. The good news is that there in much you can do to always have a clear skin that is free of blemishes. Avoid these mistakes and your oily skin will surely thank you.

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Contributor : Kim Hill (Consumer Health Digest)

Kim Hill is a veteran writer and editor, having written various articles about health, medical and pharmaceutical issues for professional and consumer audiences for the past decade. Her work has appeared in print and on digital media. She also enjoys writing about beauty and skincare. Currently, she is a contributing editor to Consumer Health Digest.

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