If you’re constantly suffering from breakouts and blemishes, and no product you try seems to be helping, the problem could be you. The simple habits we often form that go unnoticed could be counteracting all of those products you’ve attempted to use with no success. So if your skin has got you feeling like you’re fighting an uphill battle, here are three common habits that could be causing your problems.

You Keep Touching Your Face

If you consciously stop to think about how many times per day your hands touch your face, it tends to be a lot. This is one of the most common bad habits that many people who suffer from bad skin may not realize. Our hands contain an abundance of bacteria and oil. Even if you wash your hands frequently, they are still going to harbour trace amounts of dirt and oil that can transfer to your facial skin and clog pores.

If there’s one simple bad habit you can commit to breaking, it’s this: stop touching your face.

You’re Cleansing Too Frequently

When you suffer from acne and breakouts, naturally you feel the need to cleanse you skin frequently to clear away the oil and dirt. But if you’re cleansing too frequently, you could be doing more harm than good.

Your skin still requires natural oil to keep it lubricated. If you’re constantly clearing it away, your skin will just end up producing more oil to compensate for the dryness. So stick to cleansing once in the morning and once in the evening with a cleanser suitable your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, or combination). Speak with your medical aesthetician for recommendations on the best facial cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliants, toners, masques, night serums, and cosmetics for your skin type and use only as directed.

You’re using old or incorrect products

Finally, take a good look at the products you’re using on your skin. From your cleanser to the toner, to the moisturizer and makeup, if any of them have long outdone their expiry date, it’s time to throw it away. Sure, expiry dates don’t necessarily mean you need to throw away the product that instant. But if it’s been years – it’s time.

Additionally, everyone’s skin is different. So if you’re using regular run-of-the-mill products that aren’t tailored for your skin type, this could also be irritating it, causing breakouts and blemishes. Skin types can also change over time, so the products that were best for your skin five years ago may not be the most suitable now.

Visit your skin care professional, and use their expertise to point you in the right direction.

Skin is sensitive and demanding. It can take time to learn how your skin type reacts and responses to various situations and actions. So do what you can to eliminate these bad habits and consult with a skin care professional to guide you towards the proper habits that will benefit your skin.