Stop making some of these mistakes that cause or worsen Your Breakouts

Generally, ‘breakouts’ is a term that is used for pimples,acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Acne is more genetically inclined (One type is seen in puberty). Pimples are what we get every once in a while , it can occur in any skin type but people with oily skin suffer it most. They are both caused by clogged pores.

Sometimes You wonder why Your breakouts keep coming back, or even lead to scarring. They persist even when You cleanse and exfoliate Your skin all the time. In some peoples’ terms ‘I have tried everything to no avail’.

There is one/many simple thing(s) You may not have done.

Perhaps, You have not stopped:

  • Picking on them

This will further worsen it by leading to scar formation. These scars may become permanent.

  • Using dirty hands to touch Your face

Because You become self-conscious of those breakouts, You are often tempted to stroke Your face or pop them. Stop it, and if You cannot resist it ( am guilty of this), be sure to use clean hands.

causes of breakouts

The hands are used for everything. Therefore, they easily propagate bacteria (acne-causing bacteria) and other kinds of germs.


  • Stressing too much

I mentioned in an earlier post that stress makes the body to produce stress hormones. These hormones have so many negative effects on the skin such as acne, darkened skin, etc.


  • Going to bed with make-up on

No matter how tired or lazy You are, wipe off Your make-up and cleanse Your face before going to bed.

Apart from causing sebum to build up in Your skin (clogged pores), Your pillows and bedsheets will be smudged and this can lead to a vicious cycle of breakouts.


  • Leaving sweat on Your face to dry up

causes of breakouts

Allowing sweat (this could be after a work-out or a strenuous job, or maybe You easily sweat) to dry up on Your face can result in clogged pores.

  • Allowing oil from Your hair to fall on Your face

Apply little oil on Your scalp. And if it creeps down on Your forehead or temples, dab with a clean pad or cloth immediately.


  • Washing Your face only once a day

This is especially for those with oily skin. Cleanse Your face at least twice a day in order to avoid blockage of pores by oil (sebum) .


  • Using Your body towel to clean Your Face

Set aside a separate towel or cloth to clean Your face after bath.



  • Eating too much junk foodcauses of breakouts

Consuming too much of greasy food is unhealthy.


  • Leaving Your make-up applicators dirty

Depending on how often You use Your make-up brushes and other applicators, ensure You clean them often. Other items like exfoliators, facecloths and tweezers should be sterilized as well.


Keep in my mind that, as these are habits, it takes some time to stop them completely. This is because You subconsciously do them. But with determination , You will definitely notice positive changes.

In addition to this, using the right skincare products for Your skin type (in this case, those formulated for oily or acne-prone skin) will ensure You become drastically less-prone to breakouts.

Stay healthy and beautiful,




  1. sultana | 13th Jul 17

    No wonder my forehead is now a breeding ground for pimples….my new hair cream somehow always finds its way there.

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 13th Jul 17

      Ahaaaa..and I can imagine that the humid weather is not allowing the hair cream to stay put..

  2. Lou | 29th Sep 17

    Useful tips! I didn’t realise the one about sweat, will be sure to wash my face straight after a workout going forward

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 29th Sep 17

      It goes a long way :)..thank you for stopping by Lou

  3. skincarestruggles | 15th Oct 17

    Great tips here!! I find that the sweat tip is great for post-workouts – for your body as well. I find my shoulders can breakout if I don’t wipe with a washcloth or makeup wipe right after. I nominated you for the Liebster Award also!! 🙂 🙂

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 16th Oct 17

      It sure does help..
      awww ..reallly sweet of You, thank You 🙂

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