The act of showering is supposed to keep us clean and dirt-free but did you know that some shower habits could be the cause of your unrelenting acne?
Here are 8 shower habits that may be breaking you out.
1. Showering Too Often
Taking a shower more than once a day could lead to acne. Why?
Washing up too often strips off natural sebum from your skin and disrupts its natural protective barrier.
When your skin’s protective layer is down, dirt, bacteria and other not-so-friendly particles from the environment are free to enter your pores, clogging them in the process.
Clogged pores are prone to irritation and could result to acne. Showering frequently also leaves your skin dry, prompting your skin to produce more oils in an attempt to salvage the situation.
This results in overly oily skin which acne-causing bacteria would love to feed on!
2. Taking Showers With Extreme Water Temperatures
If you love steaming hot showers, you might want to turn down the temperature a bit, starting now!
Super hot water leaves your pores open and pushes oil production into overdrive. That means oilier skin than usual, which can be quite acne-provoking for people who have combination to oily skin type.
On the other hand, taking cold showers is also not recommended. That’s because cold water closes your pores, trapping excess sebum and acne-causing bacteria instead of washing them out.
Keep your shower water temperature to lukewarm and your pores will thank you for it!
3. Showering With Hard Water
There’s something in the water… and it could be what’s causing your acne!
Dermatologists say that tap water could be clogging up your pores, especially if you live in areas with mostly hard water resources.
If your faucets or shower heads have mineral buildup, it’s highly likely that you’re showering with hard water, which isn’t really skin-friendly.
Hard water is water that’s high in mineral content and in some cases, heavy metals. These substances not only increase your risk of having clogged, irritated pores which could lead to acne.
They also get in the way of properly rinsing off all the shower products you’re using.
4. Washing Your Body First
How do you wash up? Head first? Body first?
Washing up is fairly simple but if you have acne-prone skin, washing up in the wrong order can lead to acne.
If you wash your body first instead of your head and hair, all the products you use on your head will likely still be on your shoulders, chest and back by the time you’re done showering.
But if you wash your head first then your body next, you can make sure that all the suds and foam are thoroughly rinsed off your entire body, instead of getting clogged up in your pores as ready food for acne-causing bacteria.
5. Over Exfoliating
Let’s set things straight. Exfoliating is good. But overdoing it will do your skin serious harm.
When we exfoliate, we help our skin shed off dead skin cells that may cause acne. And that’s wonderful!
However, when you exfoliate your skin too often or too aggressive (like to the point of being red), you are left with extremely dry and irritated skin which is much more prone to acne breakouts.
6. Bad Choice of Shower Products
Your favorite shampoo or conditioner may be the reason why your acne isn’t going away.
Stay away from shampoo products that have sulfates listed on the label. Sulfates can be irritating to the extra large pores on your back.
Also check your conditioner label for quats that may clog your pores. Fragrance can also be irritating to your skin.
If I were you, I’d stick to natural hair products or try a plant-based shampoo and conditioner combo that is free from pore-clogging synthetic ingredients.
7. Using A Dirty Sponge
Germs may be invisible to the naked eye but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist!
Your bath sponge collects thousands of bacteria from your skin, the air and the warm, dark place you leave it in after you shower everyday.
It can even have molds in it and you’ll never know! That is, until you start breaking out!
To avoid getting acne from using a dirty sponge, make sure to thoroughly clean and air it out daily.
Keeping your regular bath sponge virtually germ free is close to impossible which is why I’ve resigned cleaning my sponge daily and opted for an antibacterial sponge made out of natural fibers.
They’re much better at thoroughly cleaning my skin minus the germs of course!
8. Not Washing Your Back
Can’t reach your back? That’s going to be a problem!
Especially if you have acne-prone skin! Skipping your back when washing up will leave traces of products stuck in your pores, which could lead to acne if irritated.
Keep your back squeaky clean by using a back brush that eliminates excess sebum, sweat and dirt on the daily to prevent breakouts.