Your bad beauty habits may clog pores without you knowing it. Start breaking nine of them today!
In this article:
- Cleaning Your Face Only When You Remember
- Forgetting to Exfoliate
- Wearing Makeup Before Snoozing
- Skipping Toning
- Choosing the Wrong Moisturizer
- Enjoying the Sun Without Sunscreen
- Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes and Sponges
- Popping Those Pimples
- Touching Your Face Often
9 Habits That Can Clog Pores and Worsen Your Skin Issues
1. Cleaning Your Face Only When You Remember
One of the worst beauty habits that can clog pores is to cleanse your face only when you feel like it. Perhaps you believe dust settles only when you sweat or when you go outside of your home.
Everywhere you go, from the bedroom to the streets, you will encounter debris. It will find its way onto your skin and into your pores.
Make it a habit to clean your face once or twice daily depending on your skin type and your level of activity.
2. Forgetting to Exfoliate
Clogged pores can make them appear larger, but they can also worsen other skin conditions such as acne. One of the ways to reduce the risk is to exfoliate.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, excess oil, and debris that accumulate in the face. These things can find their way into the pores, making them a potential habitat for bacteria growth.
A DIY purple tea scrub can improve the appearance of your skin, making it appear brighter. It also stimulates the production of new skin cells.
If you have normal or combination skin, exfoliate twice a week and thrice at most. If you have sensitive skin, you can limit it to once a week.
Tip: You can further improve your skin by using skin care products enriched with purple tea. Purple tea contains potent levels of polyphenols or antioxidants, which can prevent the formation of free radicals that lead to premature aging.
We highly recommend combining your exfoliant with the purple tea nourishing face mask. With clean pores, your skin can absorb the nutrients well.
3. Wearing Makeup Before Snoozing
Life is exhausting — that’s the truth. You probably want to hit the bed while leaving your makeup on right after work.
The problem is, you’re only harming your skin in the process. When you sleep, the facial skin releases sebum which can combine with makeup and can cause problems with the pores.
The best habit to practice is to always clean the face before sleeping. In less than seven minutes of makeup removal, you will allow your skin to breathe.
4. Skipping Toning
It’s true that dirt can clog pores. What you don’t know is cleansing cannot remove all the debris that settles into your pores.
That’s why it’s important to follow up your face cleansing with toning. It is liquid-based, so it can go deeper into your pores.
If your pores are constantly clogged, they may appear larger. Toning can make them less visible by tightening your skin.
After cleansing, apply a toner and finish up with night cream or moisturizer.
5. Choosing the Wrong Moisturizer
If you have been moisturizing but still having clogged pores all over the face, it’s time to pay attention to the product.
Moisturizers are essential for people prone to constantly clogged pores. They can help loosen the oil and lift up the dirt.
The problem is when the composition of the product doesn’t suit your face. Moisturizers usually fall into two categories: humectants and emollients.
Emollients create a protective seal on the skin using ingredients such as oil. Humectants draw water into the skin.
Both can be present on the product at different percentages. When you have large pores, you tend to have oily skin.
When you use a moisturizer with high levels of emollient, you are only adding more oil. In turn, it increases the risks of having bad pores.
Choose the right moisturizer according to your skin type. For instance, if you have oily skin, water-based moisturizers may be ideal.
6. Enjoying the Sun Without Sunscreen
There are many reasons to wear sun protection. Too much sun exposure can damage the collagen of your skin.
Collagen is the protein structure that holds your skin together. When you don’t have enough, your skin sags, giving more reason for dirt to accumulate into your pores.
You need sunlight to help your body produce vitamin D, but sun exposure without any protection should be only for 20 minutes on midday. For all the other times, you have to wear sunscreen.
7. Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes and Sponges
Even when you’re religious with your beauty regimen, you can still clog pores because of your other lazy habits. That includes not cleaning your makeup kit, especially the brushes and sponges.
When you forgo cleaning, dirt and grime can build up on the bristles, not to mention, your makeup brushes can be breeding ground for bacteria. When they touch your face, they get into the pores.
Non-cleaning can also harden the bristles. When you use them, the brushes will only end up irritating your skin.
Experts suggest cleaning your brushes once a week. For brushes used on the eyes, you can wash them using warm water and liquid soap twice a month.
You need to replace your sponges every three months.
8. Popping Those Pimples
Let’s face it: when you see zits, you can’t help but pop them. You believe that by doing so, you’re speeding up the healing process.
This is a wrong idea, and you’re only worsening the problem. In fact, this habit can only lead to bad, clogged pores.
This habit can stretch your skin and increase the risk of inflammation so your pores appear larger. When you prick those pimples, you are also transferring the germs on your hands to the pores.
Avoid touching your pimples. Let them heal on their own but if they don’t, get help from a dermatologist.
9. Touching Your Face Often
If you’re having issues with constantly clogged pores, it can be because you’re touching your face a lot.
This habit can clog pores for a variety of reasons. One reason is when your hand comes into contact with different surfaces that can contain hundreds of microorganisms, such as pathogens.
What are pathogens? These are microorganisms that can cause disease.
Another reason is when your hands get sweaty, and sweat can combine with dirt and bacteria right on your pores.
Old habits do die hard, but you need to kill them as soon as you can. After all, they may be jeopardizing your skin with irreversible effects.
Taking the baby steps today to avoid severely clogged pores is a cheap but effective secret for beautiful, young-looking skin.
How do you avoid having clogged pores? Share your tips in the comments section below!