When you’re 20 and even before you enter your 20’s, trying various products mostly self medicated or prescribed by friends is the norm, especially for those who had reoccurring pimples. It’s advisable to stop following that norm now that you’re in your 20’s.
Start early to care for your skin and reap amazing rewards as you age. Here are some mistakes that you’re currently making.
Not sanitizing your phone.
Lords know the germs on our devices. We drop it anywhere and gum it to our face at the slightest need. Your phone is a magnet for bacteria. The germs on the phone surface can mix with your makeup resulting in breakouts.” Avoid them by cleaning your screen regularly with an alcohol wipe or disinfectant cloth or just get an earpiece to receive calls.
Treating adult acne the way you treated your breakouts in high school.
News flash: Grown-up pimples, which we can thank stress and hormonal changes for, are very different from teen zits. Adult acne tends to be deeper and more cystic, but our skin gets drier and thinner overall as we age. So dump the standard acne go-tos like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. They may be too drying or ineffective to curb big-girl breakouts. Instead, try switching to products with sulfur or niacinamide, or ask your dermatologist for a topical dapsone gel.
The problem isn’t the picking itself, it’s what happens afterward—scarring! And “once a scar forms, it’s permanent,”
Putting off anti-aging products.
You may not see wrinkles yet, but to keep it that way, start using anti-aging serums and creams now. The sooner you start, the better you’ll look. Try adding a pea-size amount of retinol (the anti-aging gold standard) to your nightly routine. If your skin is sensitive, mix it with a serum or moisturizer to buffer irritation. Retinol helps prevent fine lines, lighten pigmentation, and can even slow down certain types of precancerous cells.