Ditch habits that cause acne

TBT Lifestyle Desk:


Senior dermatologist Dr Sushil Tahiliani, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Abhijit Desai who specializes in makeovers and cosmetologist Dr Rashmi Shetty tell us more about these habits.

Acne is a problem that is there with you throughout the year. And the problem increases during the party season because you want a zit-free face. We spoke to senior dermatologist Dr Sushil Tahiliani, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Abhijit Desai who specializes in makeovers and cosmetologist Dr Rashmi Shetty, to find out about some simple habits that could lead to acne and how to deal with it…

Opting for the wrong products There are products that may claim to be great for your skin, yet the may block the pores of your skin. This leads to acne. Many products are very oily and they clog pores leading to comedones (blackheads) and subsequently acne. Hence it is important to use make up or sunscreen with the label non-comedogenic.

Not cleansing skin thoroughly before bedtime It is very important to clear the make up immediately after it’s use to prevent acne formation. Use a makeup remover first, then follow it up with a cleanser. Wash off thoroughly and then use a toner. Now slather on some rich moisturiser.

Using makeups with ingredients that can cause irritation There are certain ingredients in the makeup and sunscreen you’re slathering on that are causing you to break out. Ingredients present in artificial colors, fragrance etc can cause irritation and result in acne. So just watch out the label before using the products.

Over-drying your face Removing all the oil and moisture out of your face using harsh cleansers, alcohol based toners etc can result in acne, drying out your skin will actually cause it to produce more oil. This phenomenon of rebound oiliness leads to acne. So it is important to use the right medical cleansers that take away excess oil but never make the face too dry or stretched.

Dirty laundry It is said that dirty pillow covers or unclean towel might be a reason for the acne on your face, your face lies on your pillow case for hours at a time and if it’s not clean you are basically rolling around in a bunch of dead skin cells and bacteria. If your towel is not clean, you could be wiping germs all over your just-cleansed skin. Cosmetologists don’t believe this theory much.

Hair products you use Many people don’t think about how their hair products can cause acne, but then think about how often your hair touches your face. Hair products with oil, silicones, and plasticizers will clog your pores if they get onto your skin.

Your diet Not only chocolates and French fries gives you zits, its really the overall unhealthy diet that effects your skin. Some people have allergies to certain kind of food which causes them to break out, we should be watchful about this. However, most doctors say that there is no scientific evidence to prove chocolates or French fries give you acne.