Everyone wants a well-groomed skin. In addition to health, well-groomed skin can also support appearance and increase self-confidence. But often due to lack of knowledge about how to take good care of the skin, it can actually worsen the skin condition. Let's look at 7 common mistakes that are often made when caring for facial skin in the style of dr. Hilda Lestari, Dipl. AAAM, consultant doctor from Premium Dermalove Batam.
1. Washing Your Face with Bath Soap Often we are mistaken that all types of soap can be used to clean facial skin, when in fact facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin of other body parts. Using an unsuitable soap can change the pH of the skin and cause irritation. Use a face wash that suits your skin type to keep your skin clean and free of problems. 2. Not Wearing Sunscreen Every Day There are still many who think that sunscreen is only needed if we want to do outdoor activities. In fact, the use of sunscreen when we are active indoors is also necessary, because UV rays can enter the room, for example light entering through windows or doors. Excessive sun exposure can cause dryness, pigmentation problems, skin aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. This is why daily use of sunscreen is so important. Do not forget to reapply sunscreen if it is difficult to get water or according to the recommendations listed on the product you are using. 3. Don't Use Moisturizer Moisturizer is needed by our skin, regardless of its type. If you don't use a moisturizer, your skin will become dehydrated, making it easier to wrinkle. The skin barrier can also be damaged and bacteria more easily enter the skin and cause acne. For people who have oily skin, that doesn't mean you don't need a moisturizer, but choose a moisturizer that is water-based (oil-free).
4. Choosing Skincare Not accordance with Skin Type The use of skincare that suits your skin type will help improve the skin problems you are experiencing. On the other hand, choosing an inappropriate skincare product can make skin problems worse. There are several types of skin, namely normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin. We recommend that you know your skin type so that you can choose the right product. Normal skin has a balanced oil and water content so problems don't arise too often. Oily skin can usually be seen from large pores, the skin looks shiny and blackheads and pimples appear more easily. Meanwhile, dry skin has less moisture in its skin layer. Dry skin owners often feel the skin taut and interested. Although it has pores that tend to be small, this type of skin is more prone to wrinkles. There is also a combination skin type, which is a combination of dry and oily skin. For example, it tends to be oily in the T Zone area, but dry in the cheek area, or vice versa. There is also sensitive skin that can occur in all skin types. This type of skin is usually more red when exposed to sunlight or certain substances. 5. Squeeze Your Own Pimples Sometimes, whether intentional or not, we pop pimples on our faces. That's not a good thing to do though. Because our hands contain lots of germs and dirt. So that actually make acne more inflamed. Popping pimples the wrong way can also cause acne scars and pockmarks. Popping pimples must be done with sterile equipment and carried out by trained personnel, because not all types of acne can be squeezed.
6. Not Paying Attention to Skincare Safety Many are tempted by skincare advertisements that can make a smooth face in an instant. Though it could be that these products contain ingredients that are harmful to our skin such as hydroquinone and high doses of steroids, as well as mercury. Some active ingredients such as BHA and AHA must also comply with safety standards. Also make sure the selected product already has a BPOM number. 7. Not Consulting Experts Sometimes because we feel we have similar skin types or skin problems, we think we can use the same product or do the treatment that that person does. Though not necessarily the cause or trigger skin problems are the same. Consulting with people who are not experts, sometimes makes some people choose the wrong treatment and skincare. The number of online media is also often used as a guide for caring for the face. It doesn't matter as long as the reference is a credible party. But if not, it's better to start consulting skin problems with experts such as beauticians or skin specialists. Better yet, start taking care of our skin before problems arise. Because prevention is better than cure.