Holding your phone close to your faceExperts says that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. Phones serve as magnets for buildup and bacteria, and throughout the day, makeup, natural skin oils, and environmental toxins accumulate on the screens. Therefore, every time we hold the phone next to our face we bring these germs onto our skin. It can cause clogged pores and breakouts.
Not using beauty products that contain retinolDespite the fact that it’s impossible to permanently reduce pores, there are some skin care products that can make them appear smaller. The best way to make your pores look better is to use topical retinoids overnight. Retinol is considered to be a form of vitamin A and it can increase skin cell turnover, helping to improve the overall thickness of the skin. Skipping products containing retinol may make it harder for your skin to purge oily plugs from the pores.
Being exposed to the sunAWhen you spend more time under the sun, it dehydrates your skin and makes the oil glands work overtime, causing the pores to look bigger. Getting a tan can temporarily mask the pores and make them look smaller, but eventually, it will do exactly the opposite. Your pores will enlarge, and excess oil that plugs the skin will make blackheads even worse. To prevent pores from getting bigger, dermatologists recommend using sun protection every day.
Failing to clean your makeup toolsit doesn't matter if you follow a strict skin care routine, but some of your lazy habits can still cause clogged pores. Note that, every time you use your makeup brushes and sponges, they collect oil, dust, dead skin, and residual makeup. Failing to clean them regularly, these tools can re-deposit these substances back onto your face, clogging the pores. Cleaning your beauty tools properly can reduce the transmission of excess bacteria onto your face and prevent breakouts.
Using hair products that contain oilIf you use hair care products that contains oil, it can find its way to your skin, causing clogged pores. These clogged pores are usually found where the hair comes into contact with the skin, such as the hairline, forehead, sides of the face, and neck. Hair care products can cause breakouts, even if your skin isn’t prone to acne. This is so common that there’s actually a medical name for it known as acne cosmetica.
Wearing waterproof makeupYou need to know that most waterproof formulas often contain loads of silicone which can congest your skin and clog your pores, not allowing your skin to breathe. Using waterproof makeup on a daily basis isn’t recommended as it can aggravate acne-prone skin and is more difficult to remove.
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