Skin sin #1: Excessively drying out your skin
Sebum is the enemy and so drying out your skin will help prevent acne, or so the thinking goes. This is not the case. “For the most part, this is not true. Excess oil production and acne can be caused by dehydration,” says Kristen Ma, co-owner of Pure Simple in Toronto. When your skin’s dry, it alerts your body to produce (and sometimes overproduce) oil – causing the situation you were trying to avoid to begin with.
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Skin sin #2: Avoiding oils at all costs
Many of us have an innate fear of oil (see Skin sin #1 above). But while synthetic oils should be avoided (they can clog pores), pure and organic oils are good for the skin, says Ma. “They help balance, nourish, hydrate and protect our skin,” she says. And with the wide array available, you can find one that’ll work for your skin type.
Skin sin #3: Taking harsh measures to reduce pore size
If you’ve been exfoliating and using drying products to help shrink your pores, we’ve got bad news for you. “This will actually increase the size of pores rather than reduce them,” says Ma. “The misconception is that oil is the culprit of large pores, but in fact dehydration is the cause. Pores expand so that they can absorb more moisture from our environment,” she says. So instead of drying out and excessive exfoliation, what you want to do is moisturize. (“Using a serum and pure oil will also help decrease pore size,” adds Ma.)
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Skin sin #4: Impatience with your skin regime
Skin cell turnover occurs in a 28-day cycle give or take, explains Ma (Note: the duration of the cycle increases as we age). “While you may feel a difference within the first week of trying a new skin routine, true results will be seen after a month,” she says, adding that during this month, the skin can detox, which may cause breakouts or you may feel as though nothing is happening. Ma recommends hanging in there as most results are seen after each cycle.
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