Things to Avoid in a Skin Care – What Not to Do To Your Skin

The media is full of tips about what to do to your skin to keep it healthy.  However, sometimes it is not so much what you do, but rather what you do not do that can produce healthy skin.  Some things to avoid in skin care may be aggravating blemishes, using ineffective products, or using harmful substances.

What not to do to your skin

Perhaps top on the list of things to avoid in skin care is smoking.  Smoking destroys your skin.  It gives it a yellow tint and dries it out substantially.  Though this is the most common, it should be noted that this is not the only substance that is harmful to the skin.  Consistent over indulgence in alcohol, as well as illegal drug use also wreak havoc on the skin.  It is fairly easy to recognize someone who over indulges in these activities frequently.  This is because they simply do not look well.  Substance abuse of any kind is not good for the skin.

Popping pimples is another thing that is high on the list of things to avoid in skin care.  It can be extremely tempting when you see the head come out.  It seems more unsightly to leave the white head in place than to pop it and get it over with.  However, popping a pimple can cause scarring, and it introduces bacteria which can make the spot worse.  If it is absolutely necessary to take some sort of action, follow these precautions:

  • Wash hand thoroughly.
  • Dampen a cloth with hot water and hold it on the blemish for a few seconds.  The heat will make the head easier to remove.
  • Using the cloth as a cushion between the fingers and the pimple, gently press on each side.

Even with these precautions, it is better for the skin to let a pimple run its natural course.

Though the skin care market does not want to hear it, one of the things to avoid in skin care is too many products.  The basics are all that are really needed.  There is no need to buy every new product on the market, and in fact, it can be detrimental to your skin’s health to do so.  For one thing, if a ton of products are being used, it can be difficult to determine what may be causing a reaction.  Also, many products are simply not useful.   Before adding a new product to your routine, think about what you hope it will accomplish.  If you do not see the results you want after a few weeks, get rid of it.