10 Bad Skin Habits You Should Break ASAP

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 30, 2014

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People do everything in the name of a gorgeous and glowing complexion. Sometimes, it is the innocuous habits that sabotage your skin and all your efforts to achieve that perfect skin.
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    Habits that could be causing Harm to Skin

    People across the globe are more beauty concious than ever. They do everything in the name of a gorgeous and glowing complexion. Sometimes, it is the innocuous habits that sabotage your skin and all your efforts to achieve that perfect skin. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Harsh Exfoliation

    You may think you are getting rid of dead skin cells with an exfoliator, but it can also wipe away your skin's natural hydrating oils. Moreover, it can cause irritation and inflammation. Use a gentle exfoliator and avoid exfoliating more than once a week. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Overcleansing

    Overcleansing can take a toll on your skin, especially if the skin is dry. It can strip off natural oils and make it look dull and dry. If your skin type is dry, you can wash with a creamy or oil-based cleanser. To make your skin look healthy, make sure that you retain more of your skin's natural moisturizing oils. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Popping Breakouts

    If there is a breakout, touching it or squeezing it can make it stay around even longer. Leave the zit to dry out and heal on its own or ask a skin specialist on how to handle it. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Long, Hot Showers

    An occasional hot shower works like a spa and provides rejuvenating effects. Staying in hot showers for long can strip off the outermost layer of the epidermis and make the skin scaly and dry. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Forgetting to Wash Face

    You need to wash your face two-three times a day. Face wipes can help you get rid of the dirt and bacteria if you cannot wash your face the required many times. It is important to ward off the risk of breakouts, dullness, and even wrinkles. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Getting a good night’s sleep makes your skin look fresh, while less than seven hours of sleep can it skin duller. Make a sleep schedule. Staying up late can disturb circadian rhythms and the skin's cells then fail to turn over efficiently. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Dirty Pillowcase

    Your pillowcase matters as it collects oil, dead skin cells, bacteria and excess of night creams. When you toss and turn, all that your pillowcase has gets deposited right into your pores. Change it once in 10 days. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Overeating Sugar

    Sugary treats don’t help your skin but break down collagen and elastin and cause dullness and wrinkles. So, don’t make them a habit but treat yourself with sugary treats once or twice a week. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Smoking

    Smoking is bad for lungs, brain, heart and also for your skin. The habit breaks down elastic fibers in the skin and revs up the enzyme responsible for breaking down collagen. Not smoking can improve your skin’s texture and make it brighter. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Too Much Alcohol

    Consuming too much alcohol shows on your face. It dehydrates and inflames your skin, makes it looking dull and dry. Make sure you just have two drinks and then drink water to help flush out the booze. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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