5 Common Skin Care Mistakes, And Remedies For Them

Last updated on : April 10 2020

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Common Skincare Mistakes

Do you follow a skincare routine, including cleansing and moisturizing? If so, what if we told you that you're doing it all wrong?

You might be sitting there and thinking: How hard can skincare or face washing be? I wash my face twice a day and stock up on cleanser and moisturizers to keep beautified?

However, you may be shocked to know that a lot can go wrong, from using face wipes, soap bars, or moisturizer that doesn't match your skin type. These typical mistakes, and more, can be holding you back from getting the beautiful, brighter skin that you've always wanted.

But now, you might be thinking: Who has the time to think about the little things that can be bad about how I'm washing my face?

Well, not to worry, this article covers the five most common skincare mistakes that people make in their skincare routines and how you can avoid making them. And in a separate section, we've put together a simple yet effective skincare routine for you to follow. 

1. Not Considering Your Skin Type

The first thing to remember is that a single product is not for everyone. Why not? Because everyone has different skin types: dry, oily, acne-prone, or a combination of all these things.

"A certain skincare product may not work for you, because it's not suited for your skin's unique needs," says Poppy Watson, a lifestyle blogger at Boomessays and Viawriting.

For example, a product that treats people with dry skin may not be the best option for you if you suffer from oily skin. So, before you go and buy a skincare product, make sure you know your skin type first.

Is there acne? Is there dryness in certain areas? These are some of the questions to think about when looking for the right product for your skin needs.

When finding out what skin type the product will benefit, make sure you have the matching skin type, to begin with, or else, put it back on the store shelf. There's no need to waste money on a product that won't benefit you.

Now, if the product claims that it'll work for "all skin types," and if you're in a hurry to replenish your stock, then proceed with caution. Just because it says that it's for "all skin types" doesn't necessarily mean that it'll work out for you in the end.

If you want to see results, though, make sure you find a product that best meets the needs of your skin. Again, it's best to know your skin type.

2. Not Reading The Label

You have to figure out what types of product ingredients are suitable for your skin; don't leave it to chance. Again, everyone has a different skin type; so, it's proper always to read the label.

However, it's understandable that some ingredients can be hard to decipher or to pronounce, especially if you're wondering which product will be the right one for you.

There are so many ingredients out there that have weird names to them, making it hard to figure out which ones to avoid, and which ones are alright.

But don't panic. We found that one of the most common ingredients to avoid in a skincare product is parabens. What is that?

Parabens are chemicals like methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. They are the preservatives in many skincare products, including shampoos, makeup, cleansers, lotions, etc. These chemicals may disrupt your hormones, or cause breast cancer.

In short, try to avoid skincare products that contain ingredients like parabens; and, instead, opt for products made with natural ingredients.

3. Excessively Using Face Wipes

Pulling and tugging at your skin is never good, but using face wipes to remove any makeup will only make things worse. So, why do people still use wipes?

Consider this: People will argue that time is a factor in their lives. In fact, with busy schedules, people find face wipes as a quick alternative to washing their faces if they're in a hurry, or too exhausted to stand in front of a sink for a few minutes. Does this sound like you? If so, then it's understandable.

However, if you care about your skin, then you should think twice before picking up another face wipe. 

Using face wipes to cleanse is never the way to go. It can be very tempting to substitute proper cleansing with using these wipes. Wipes and cleansing cloths should only be used for emergencies, not to slack off on routines and think that they'll be as good as regular face-washing.

Proper face-washing does all the heavy lifting by actually cleaning your skin (the surface, and down into the pores), versus a simple face wipe that only takes off part of the dirt and grime on your skin's surface.

So cleanse thoroughly every day without face wipes for the best way to get brighter, healthier skin, primarily if you're used to wearing makeup, and being on the go all the time.

4. Incorrectly Caring For Blemishes

Blemishes can be embarrassing to have at times, especially when you're out in public (whether for work, school, outings, etc.), and people can see you with breakouts.

And, blemishes can be more complicated to take care of than you might realize.

"Blemishes tend to be unpredictable, which means you can break out at any time in your life," says Natasha Talbot, a health blogger at Academadvisor and Academized.

It can also be hard to determine what type of blemish it is. And the worse part about this is that picking at it or applying the wrong products to it, or at the wrong time, will only worsen the situation.

The last thing you want is to end up with your blemish lasting longer than it should, or stuck with a dark or red scar from a post-breakout for months to come.

First, consider the type of blemish that you're facing. Two common types are pustular blemishes and cystic blemishes.

  • A pustular blemish is when a whitehead becomes visible on the face. Avoid squeezing or popping the pimple as it can lead to scarring. Instead, wait it out or apply a topical treatment formulated for acne. Many of these you can buy over the counter. The medication will work its way into the skin, getting rid of what's left of the infection.
  • A cystic blemish, mainly a nuisance in the chin and jaw areas, is notorious for being stubborn, which means that it won't rise to the surface of the skin like pustular blemishes. The biggest thing to remember about this is that you should never pick at cyst-like blemishes. Instead, try treating it with an anti-cyst treatment, which will not only help dissolve the infection but will also prevent future cysts from forming under the skin.

5. Using Bar Soap To Wash Your Face

Oh, no. Can't find your go-to moisturizer? Well, you go for the bar soap, right? That might not be a good idea, after all.

Bars of soap can be seen as a simple go-to product for your face if you can't find your moisturizer. But if you wash your face with a bar of soap – cheap or expensive – you'll immediately rob your skin of nourishment and moisture, and instead, create dead skin and cell buildup.

And, if you happen to find your moisturizer at this point, you won't do yourself any favors by wasting the product just to replace what the bar of soap has eradicated from your skin.

Since bars of soap tend to have a high pH balance, they can be too drying for most skin types, and they can rob your skin of any exfoliants (now turned into dead skin cells, at this point) that you're using (AHA's, BHA's and facial scrubs).

So, skip the bar soaps, and look for soap-free gel cleansers that are mild to your skin type, and are sulfate-free.


Skincare shouldn't have to be complicated if you know what common mistakes to avoid, and how to avoid them.

Understandably, with busy schedules, late-night outings, or not having a good knowledge of what products to use, it can be hard to keep in mind all the advice we receive on skincare.

However, try to stop committing the five common mistakes we outlined in this article. They are easy to avoid the next time you head to the bathroom to cleanse or apply products to your face and will make a vast improvement to the health of your skin. 

Also, remember to have a consistent skincare routine that will keep you on the right track to healthy, gorgeous skin, and to make an effort to match your hair color to your revitalized skin tone

About the author

Molly Crockett writes for Bigassignments.com and Oxessays.com and contributes to the online writing service, Eliteassignmenthelp.com. As a dedicated marketing blogger, Molly focuses on how businesses can effectively be ready for any industry advancement or legal threats.

As a writing teacher, she's always finding new and innovative ways to help young people develop writing and research skills. And in this article, she applied her research skills and personal experience to provide relevant advice on skincare. 

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