You drag yourself out of bed on a lousy Monday morning to get to work, money on your mind. Somehow, by some kind of miracle, you manage to make it in front of the bathroom mirror. Alas, horror of horrors, you find the most hideous pimple on your face! Mondays are cruel enough; something has to give at this point. Whatever you do next, prevent acne scars by resisting the all-consuming urge to react to that pimple outbreak in these five horrible ways.
Squeezing The Pimple
A knee-jerk reaction you are likely to have is to squeeze that evil little blemish but you know in your gut that it has to be one of the worst ideas ever. Think of every single thing your filthy fingers touched since the last time you had them thoroughly sanitised. Now picture those pathogens gleefully making their way through the opening you just made by squeezing that pimple. It is exactly as bad as that sounds.
You can make that pimple even worse by infecting it, thereby leading to more ugly marks that are too stubborn for them to disappear on their own. Absolutely avoid squeezing that pimple at all costs.
Touching The Pimple
Ever heard of the saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’? When you spot a new pimple on your face, you may unthinkingly touch it just to see how it feels. Trust me when I say that it is not what you should be doing. Even if you do manage to squash the overwhelming urge to squeeze a pimple, touching the ugly red bump is not going to help matters. You should also always avoid touching your face in the first place without cleaning your hands thoroughly anyway. Just remember everything you put your hands on. Hopefully, that thought alone will force you to fall out of that habit, never touch any new pimples you get, and prevent acne scarring.
Drying Your Face With Your Body Towel
If you managed to avoid the first two pitfalls, good for you. Now try not to fall into this one: using the same towel you just used for the rest of your body after coming out of the shower. You might assume that this is fine because you only use your towel to wipe down your freshly cleaned body but consider these:
- How often do you change your body towels?
- How gentle is the texture of your body towel?
- What will happen to your pimple if you rub your face with it?
Take no risks and avoid using your body towel to wipe your face dry after a shower, especially when there is a fresh pimple on it.
Using Filthy Makeup Brushes
Makeup is a wonderful invention, especially when you have less than perfect skin. With the right makeup techniques, you can even trick others into believing your skin is blemish-free. However, even if you are desperate enough to want to cover that pimple, ask yourself: when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes and applicators? Has it been a month or even longer than that? If so, the result will be even worse than touching your pimple with your fingers alone. Invest in a good makeup brush cleaner or even simply run the bristles under warm running water thoroughly. It is an extra step that will do so much to help you prevent acne scarring.
Ignoring It To A Fault
This might sound contradictory to everything covered in the beginning but hear me out. While you should not touch or squeeze a pimple willy-nilly, you should also remember to care for it before you go on with your day. Your face goes through so much abuse every single day even if you have been on your best behaviour. Pollutants in the air can irritate your skin and if you do not take care of it, acne will be an ever-present issue in your life. Even your bed sheets and pillowcases can lead to acne, especially if you do not change them regularly enough.
Here are some ways you could treat a pimple (with clean hands):
- Wash your face using a cleanser that does not irritate your skin
- Look into spot acne treatments, be it natural or over-the-counter
- Change your bedsheets and pillowcases
- Keep your face properly moisturised
This might all sound terribly troublesome but you will be able to see the difference once you get into the right skincare routine. A lot of us also tend to forget just how dirty our bed linens can get over time. I know a lot of us lead hectic, busy lifestyles but try to make time to change them at least once on the weekends. After some time and with the right kind of persistence, you will get into this new habit. Invest in some spare pillowcases so you could still change them whenever you are just far too busy or exhausted to do laundry for the week.