From over-scrubbing to overdoing it with one harsh product after another, those of us who suffer from acne-prone skin are often at a loss when it comes to the best way to prevent breakouts and irritation. We see all that oil and shine and we think: well, geez, it makes sense to attack these enemies with any and all arsenal at our disposal!
The problem with this aggressive way of thinking is that, when you aren’t kind to your poor pores, they’re going to defend themselves by producing even more oil, sebum–and, yes, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.
“During certain times of life, hormones become imbalanced and hormonal acne needs additional assistance, but basic acne is caused by three things: dead skin, clogged pores, and bacteria–all of which create a commotion,” said Roberta Perry, president of Scrubz Body Scrub.
Sometimes, it isn’t just about what you should be doing for your skin–it’s about what you should never, ever do. We spoke with several experts and narrowed the list down to 12 of the worst things for acne-prone skin.
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