Hey girl hey! One of my biggest resolutions for 2018 was to clear up my skin. My skin has never been terrible by any means, but I’ve always wanted that perfect skin. The kind of skin that requires zero makeup at any given time. So, I used what I learned in esthetician school and set out to get the best skin of my life! In today’s blog post, I’m talking all about the main causes of “bad skin”, and what you can do to prevent it and reverse it.
Disclaimer: This is a very short list of many different causes! There are millions of other reasons as to why breakouts and skin concerns occur. Check with your doctor or dermatologist to determine what YOUR specific cause is!
Inconsistency is my biggest issue when it comes to having good skin! Maybe you found a routine you really liked, and stuck with it for a week or two. Then, you got lazy and cut out a few steps or stopped it all together. Just like anything in life, you have to be consistent to get results. You can’t show up to class the first two weeks, then stop going an expect an A. Your skin is the same way. Show up for it everyday. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it! Click here to read about my favorite way to stay consistent with my skin!
Does acne run in your family? Unfortunately, your chances of getting it are a lot higher if people in your family have it. Sometimes, there’s no rhyme or reason to acne, but genetics can be to blame if you get it consistently even when you’re utilizing a consistent routine. To help solve this issue, work with a trusted dermatologist to find a solution for genetic symptoms.
What you eat completely plays into what your skin looks like! Two of the biggest culprits of bad skin are dairy and sugar. I can pretty much always tell when someone drinks a ton of milk based on their skin. Both dairy and sugar are known to be ingredients that cause inflammation. Try cutting out dairy and sugar for a month, and I can guarantee your skin will be completely new.
4. Sun exposure/lack of sunscreen
We all know that staying out of the sun is a great way to make sure you have completely bright and unwrinkled skin. However, staying out of the sun is not realistic. If you are going to be out in the sun, make sure you’re applying sunscreen. If I know I will be outside for a long period of time, I will always use a moisturizer with SPF, as well as a foundation with SPF for extra coverage.
5. Harsh products
I know, I know. It’s super tempting to buy the $2.99 bottle of apricot scrub at Walmart. STAY AWAY! You may think that you’re helping your skin by scrubbing it, but in reality, you’re hurting it. Your face should never hurt after using anything, and you should never be experiencing bad skin if you’re using quality products. I’m not saying that the drugstore should be ruled out completely, but talk with your dermatologist to see what products are good for the skin. There are a lot that claim to be natural, but contain really harsh additives that may hurt your skin in the long run.
6. Sleeping with makeup
I used to be a total rule breaker when it came to this. I never had terrible skin, so I figured sleeping with my makeup on wasn’t so bad. Wrong. So wrong. I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying that sleeping with your makeup on for one night causes seven years of aging. Although I believe that that could be an exaggeration, the idea of that saying is not. Sleeping with your makeup on, and removing it only to put on more makeup allows zero time for your skin to breathe.
7. Not enough makeup free days
The last point brings me to this point! Skin is not made to be covered up 24/7. Clogged pores and no air on the skin leads to textured, acne-prone skin. To combat this, I choose two days a week where I go completely makeup free. Since doing this, my skin has cleared up, and my redness is almost completely gone! Although I love my full coverage glam, it’s nice to be able to rub my eyes and itch my face without worrying about taking off my makeup.
8. Not moisturizing enough
I hear my clients constantly complaining about how oily they are. When I ask them what they use on their skin, they almost never say anything about a moisturizer. Not using a moisturizer causes MORE oil production! Skin is incredible. It’s the only organ in our bodies that heals itself. When your skin is dehydrated, it sends out sensors that pump out oil to help heal the dehydration. A tip to figure out if your skin is dehydrated is to lightly pinch the skin on your forehead with two fingers. If it wrinkles up like crepe paper, it’s dehydrated. Show your skin some love with a moisturizer or oil. You might feel oily for a few days, but it’ll clear up eventually.
Those are my top 8 reasons why you might have bad skin! This post is in no way a complete list, and in no way meant to make you feel bad. These are just some causes of acne, redness, irritation, and skin allergies. What are your major skin concerns? What do you struggle with in terms of skincare? Let me know in the comments below!