5 Skincare Habits Your Derma Wants You to Break

Don't touch that zit, girl!
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Do you remember the last time you visited your dermatologist? Let’s be honest: You don’t really go for an appointment unless you’re going through a dire skin issue. The thing is, regular checkups are super important since your skin is the largest organ of your body. Your tight schedule shouldn’t be an excuse to forgo your derma visits, but if you really can’t make time, here are five skincare habits your derma would really like you to stop doing:

1. Don’t pop that zit.
CGs, we know that ripe pimple on your cheek isn’t doing you any favors, and we know it’s super tempting to pop. But don’t aggravate your skin further by touching your acne! Doing so will deposit dirt into your overly opened pores, infecting your skin further. It’s better to leave the spot alone and ask your derma for the best treatment to get rid of it.

2. Don’t skimp on sunscreen.
SPF is your skin’s BFF. You may not see its effects, but it helps you avoid premature aging, skin cancer, and an uneven skin tone. Look for a sunscreen that can shield you from UVA and UVB rays, and slather it generously on your face and body every single day. Don’t forget to reapply every few hours!

3. Don’t stay too long in the shower.
Hot baths or showers that take longer than 15 minutes can strip off your skin’s essential oils and break its natural barrier, making your complexion dry AF. That said, always moisturize right after you get off the shower to lock in hydration, as your pores are most open at this time.

4. Don’t concoct your own skincare cocktail.
Never ever mix and match skincare products on your own! When it comes to skincare, more isn’t always merrier. For example, combining items with Vitamin C and glycolic acid with retinoid products can irritate your skin, causing your attempt to get a nicer complexion to fail. Consult with a derma who can recommend you products that will work well together to achieve your skin goals.

5. Don’t over-exfoliate.
Sure, skin scrubs can make you feel clean and fresh, but there is such a thing as over-exfoliating. If your skin feels raw and tight right after scrubbing, then you may have over-exfoliated, leaving your skin extra vulnerable, sensitive, and prone to breakouts and irritation. A derma can recommend a cleanser that can remove all the gunk out of your pores without harming your skin.

Now, CGs, you probably have more skincare concerns you’d like to be addressed. You may want to properly brighten your skin after getting a bit too tan last summer, or you may need help putting together a Korean skincare routine that will work for you. Maybe you just want to learn more about the ingredients in your skincare products, like retinols, vitamin C, and micro oils.

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