No one enjoys breaking out, but it seems that even when we're out of our teen years, we can still easily get plagued by pimples. Apart
from hormones, there may be some bad habits that are clogging your pores, and knowing what these culprits are can help clean up your skin and give you the clear complexion you desire. Our skin is sensitive, so even the most innocent of daily activities can cause some unwanted breakouts if our pores are all clogged up.
"When we leave pores clogged with sebum and dead skin cells they can develop into pimples and can also eventually become dilated and stay that way long-term, leading to enlarged pores," says dermatologist Kally Papantoniou over email.
If you experience frequent acne, and you're well out of puberty, you're not alone. According to the International Dermal Institute, 40 to 55 percent of the adult population age 20 to 40 suffer from acne and oily skin. Although pimples can be caused by a variety of factors, clogged pores play a big role in wreaking havoc on your skin.
If you've got some unwanted breakouts that you suspect might be a result of your daily activities, consider these 11 habits that could be clogging up your pores. It's time to let that skin properly breathe!
1. Picking Your Pores and Pimples
If your end goal is fewer pimples and smaller pores, quit picking. When you squeeze and stretch skin, you’re contributing to the formation of fine lines, inflammation, and irritation, all of which affect pore size over time.
2. Touching Your Face Frequently Throughout the Day
Take a moment and think of all the different things your hands and fingers touch during the day—public doorknobs, desks and tables, sink handles, your credit card. Touching your face after the number of physical activities you use your hands for could cause oil, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and other impurities to transfer to your skin and clog pores.
3. Forgetting to Remove Your Makeup Before Bed
Removing your makeup is an essential step in your skin-care routine because not doing so allows the makeup, oil, and environmental pollutants that gather on your skin all day to settle into your pores while you sleep.
4. Skipping Out on Exfoliation
The best way to clear pores is through exfoliation. That’s because cleansers don’t fully remove the dead skin cells that build up throughout the week. Exfoliating once or twice a week will help remove impurities like oil and debris, prevent acne breakouts, and make your pores look smaller.
5.Using Oil-Based Hair Products
There are certain oil based hair products, such as frizz control products, that can actually lead to clogged pores. "It is better to use oil-free products for hair-styling. These clogged pores are usually found where hair comes into contact with skin such as the hair line, sides of face, and forehead if you have bangs."
6. Not Washing Your Bedsheets
It might not seem like a big deal to sleep on dirty bedsheets and pillow cases, but your skin will disagree. "The build up on fabric of oils and skin cells and bacteria can lead to clogged pores on the sides of your face," says Papantoniou.
7. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes
Washing your face is the first step, but keeping your makeup brushes clean is the second. Bacteria can build up on unwashed brushes, which can cause skin irritation and breakouts as the bacteria continues to grow on your skin.