Never use too much soap
When it comes to getting clean, more soap is not better. “Your skin is your body’s protection from the outside world, and healthy, intact skin forms an impressive barrier,” says Dr Brauer. “When we strip down the natural components of this barrier, which we can do using too much soap and of course aggressively scrubbing, you increase the risk of infections and skin disease and flares in general.”
Never used expired products
There’s a reason for those expiration dates on your skincare potions. When you use expired products, even if they seem fine, there’s a chance that its active ingredients have begun to degrade or may no longer be active at all and could lead to an irritation, according to Dr Brauer. When you first buy a product, look at the date to make sure it hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for too long already; then keep an eye or set a calendar reminder once you start using the product. If you’re looking for a fail-safe way to ensure you have up-to-date products, consider signing up for an automatic renewal program.
Never stick sharp objects into your skin
We’re all looking for that quick fix when it comes to getting rid of a pimple, but there are certain tools that should be left to the experts. “Never stick needles into a blemish,” says Dr Berson. “It will only increase inflammation and the potential for pigmentation, infection and scarring. So, rather than getting rid of it, it will only last longer and leave a scar.”
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