Creating a consistent skin care routine can help wipe away bacteria, restore your skin’s natural pH level, and lock in moisture. However, even the most potent skin care products can’t entirely prevent acne breakouts from happening.

When you practice certain lifestyle behaviors that promote clogged pores and acne, your chances of experiencing breakouts become higher, regardless of your skin care routine. Continue reading to learn the four most common habits that cause acne.

Touching Your Face

As you go about your day, your hands inevitably collect foreign bacteria that can cause skin irritation and even illness. If you have a habit of touching your face often, you may notice that you develop breakouts in the same areas your hands most commonly touch.

When you touch your face with your hands, you add accumulating bacteria onto the surface of your skin, which clogs your pores. These clogged pores then develop into painful acne breakouts and blackheads.

Using Pore-Clogging Makeup

Before applying any products to your face, it’s essential to ensure that they won’t clog your pores and create future acne. Unfortunately, many makeup users don’t follow this practice before adding layers of pore-clogging foundations, blushes, and highlighters to their faces.

When these makeup products use formulas with irritating ingredients, your pores are more likely to clog and become irritated. Forgetting to remove your makeup before bed or failing to clean your makeup brushes also keeps these products trapped inside your cores for longer, leading to worse skin damage.

Sleeping With a Dirty Pillowcase

Although it may sound intuitive, you may be surprised at how many people sleep with dirty pillowcases each night. When you don’t regularly wash your bedsheets, comforter, and pillowcase, these fabrics naturally collect dirt and bacteria over time.

Since your face spends an average of eight hours laying on your pillow each night, bacteria and dirt can easily clog your pores and create acne. So, for the health of your skin and your general wellbeing, be sure to wash your pillowcase every week.

Drinking Excessively

Although alcohol itself doesn’t produce acne, excessive drinking often leads to lifestyle habits that promote acne. For example, people become more likely to indulge in foods that flare up their acne breakouts or fall asleep with their makeup on when they drink.

Alcohol also naturally dries out your skin’s texture, so excessive drinking can often lead to your skin overproducing oil to balance your skin’s hydration levels.

If you experience chronic breakouts and suffer from acne-prone skin, consider reviewing your lifestyle habits. Eliminating one of these common habits that cause acne can be highly beneficial for your skin and general wellbeing.

Once you start switching these habits for better behaviors, you’ll be one step closer to having clearer skin.

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