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Nothing ruins date night faster than having a zit pop up out of nowhere. While stress, diet, and hormones can all contribute to blemished skin, bad beauty habits are also major culprits. Here are 6 things that might be making things worse.


Bad Habit 1 - You over-cleanse your skin

Bad Habit 1

You over-cleanse your skin

Think a tough-as-nails cleanser will finally get those blackheads out? Think again. Using cleansers that are too harsh for your skin type actually strips your skin of natural oils and protectants. If your skin panics, it can actually create even more oil to compensate for the dryness!


Solution:
Use a gentle gel or cream cleanser that will treat your skin right.

1. Skin Ceuticals Purifying Cleanser

2. Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser

3. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser

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Bad Habit 2

You scrub your skin raw with exfoliators

Microdermabrasion was all the rage until people realized that not all exfoliators are made equal. When you're dealing with acne, chemical exfoliators trump physical ones because they can purify without any harsh scrubbing. In fact, the best ones simple lie on top of your skin - which means no extra work on your part!


Solution:
Switch things up with a chemical peel or three.

1. Pevonia Botanica Enzymo-Sperides Peeling Cream

2. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel - Full Strength

3. Caudalie Glycolic Peel

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Bad Habit 2 - You scrub your skin raw with exfoliators
Bad Habit 3 - You only use tea tree oil or witch hazel

Bad Habit 3

You only use tea tree oil or witch hazel

Using gentle, all-natural products is great for normal skin, but tackling tough zits requires bringing in the big guns. Instead of essential oils, try a powerful chemical like salicylic acid (BHA), which will actually sink into your pores to clean them from the inside. Dab it on after cleansing, and we guarantee you'll notice results within a week.


Solution:
Use products that contain a higher concentration of salicylic acid to get the best results.

1. Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

2. Glytone Acne Self-Foaming Cleanser

3. Skin Medica AHA/BHA Cream

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Bad Habit 4

You're scared of retinol

You may have seen this chemical recommended for anti-aging purposes. But used correctly, it's also a powerful weapon against acne. Because it helps unclog pores, it increases the effectiveness of all the other products in your regimen.


Solution:
Apply a retinoid product a couple of nights a week for the best results. Just don't put it on the morning - retinol makes you more sensitive to sunlight!

1. ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with SPF30

2. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion Alternative Anti-Wrinkle Solution

3. Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate

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Bad Habit 4 - You're scared of retinol
Bad Habit 5 - You layer on too many creams and lotions

Bad Habit 5

You layer on too many creams and lotions

Acne is basically a clogged pore that has been infected with bacteria. And believe it or not, too many creams and lotions can make this worse. If you layer your creams until your skin can't breathe, oil and bacteria may increase.


Solution:
Pick a single, lightweight serum and stick with it.

1. La Roche Posay Effaclar Serum

2. Priori DNA Enzyme Complex Cellular Recovery Serum

3. Clarins Vital Light Serum

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Bad Habit 6

You don't treat acne right away

We get it. Sometimes, we're just too lazy to bother. But acne that's left on its own gets harder to treat as it grows. It also has a bigger chance of leaving a scar in its wake. So as soon as you see a zit, take action with a targeted product that will gently purify skin and clear up stubborn blemishes.


Solution:
Try a soothing treatment that will kill bacteria, regulate oil production, and diminish redness over time.

1. Aveda Outer Peace Acne Relief Lotion

2. Payot Pate Grise Purifying Care with Shale Extracts

3. Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment

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Bad Habit 6 - You don't treat acne right away

Gentle Cleanser


Chemical Exfoliator


Salicylic Acid


Retinol


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