10 Things Your Dermatologist Never Wants You To Do

Everyone wants perfect skin. When it comes to taking care of it, we usually gravitate toward our favorite celebrities and beauty bloggers. But, even those that have the most glowing complexions and biggest followings would say that they are no certified specialist in that department. The people who really know their stuff are the ones who are trained for it, which happens to be dermatologists. They can positively say what you should do and what you shouldn’t do with your skin. Of course, you can turn to those beauty experts who have great recommendations about how to take care of your skin, but the real deal is a dermatologist.

One of the most trusted dermatologists, Dr. Mona Gohara, shared what dermatologists wish their clients would stop doing to their skin. It might seem a little basic to follow a list to improve and save your face, but there are things you are doing that you didn’t even know is damaging your skin.

Here are 10 things you do that your dermatologist wants you to stop doing, like right now.


1. Picking At Your Skin

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This is number one on the list because no matter how many times your dermatologist says it, it won’t go through your brain. Stop. Picking. At. Your. Skin. This isn’t a myth.

“I am a card carrying picker — I get it, it is a compulsion and a must when that third eye has taken up residence on your forehead,” Gohara said. “But try to avoid it at all costs because all hell can break loose on your skin for months afterward with just one tiny squeeze!”

Picking at your pimples can cause bacteria to spread around your face or even leave a scar. Even though that pimple looks like it’s ready to be popped, do you and your skin a favor and leave it be.


2. Not Putting Sunscreen In Your Daily Skin Routine

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People tend to not wear sunscreen when they lay out because they think it will hinder them from getting a tan. They could not be more wrong. Dr. Mark Taylor has been in the dermatologist world for 30 years, and he can confidently say that this is the most common skin care “sin” that can be avoided easily.

“I often treat people with skin damage from sun exposure because they’ve underestimated the importance of good sun protection,” Taylor says. “It’s so critical to establish a habit early in life of good skin protection to avoid skin damage and skin cancer.”

Go buy that face SPF ASAP!


3. Using A Basic Bar Soap

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Dr. Mona Gohara urges people to leave the bar soap behind.

“I truly wish people would stop using soap! The harsh surfactants in soaps strip the skin barrier leaving behind a tight, itchy irritated feeling,” she said. “Stick with gentle cleansers that nourish and moisturize to ensure skin health.”

The facial cleansers out there are made with surfactants, which tend to help break down the dirt and oil in your face. But some of the cleansers out there are made of too much surfactants, which can lead to dryness and irritation of the skin.

Dr. Gohara recommends Dove’s Beauty Bar, which will not strip away skin’s moisture like regular bar soap can. Yes, we know it looks like a regular old bar soap. But, it is actually not considered as soap cleanser. The moisturizing cream will leave your skin softer and cleaner than a baby’s bum.

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4. You Rush Through Your Face Care Routine

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We get it. Taking care of your skin can be a pain, and the fact that it can be time consuming doesn’t help either. We know you are always in a rush to get out of the house to be on time to work. But those extra five minutes on taking care of your skin will save you in the long run.

“Thorough, comprehensive cleansing with a facial cleansing brush and the application of high quality skin care products are critical to healthy skin,” adds Dr. Taylor, who recommends using a device like PMD Clean to cleanse your skin.

The PMD Clean has gentle bristles and four customizable modes to pick from to decide what will be the best for your own skin.

“I often treat acne and premature aging that are solely caused by poor skin care routines, and cleansing is the core of any skin care regimen. This is another habit that I think is critical to start early on in life,” Taylor shares.

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5. Allowing Your Phone And Skin To Have Contact

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A recent report published on Time Magazine said that your cellphone can be 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. How is that even possible?! Dr. Harth recommends to use ear buds or even the speaker option on your phone to save your skin from those germs.


6. You Wash Your Face Too Much

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Some people tend to believe that the more you wash your face, the clearer your skin will be. According to Dr. Harth, “Washing your face too often can damage the natural protective layer of your skin — this leads to more irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts.”

There are some rare cases where it is necessary to wash your face more than twice a day, like after an intense workout. But minimally, you should keep it at only twice to save your skin.


7. You Scrub Your Face More Than It Can Handle

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There are those people that end up scrubbing their face like they are scrubbing a mess on the floor. Give your skin a break, people.

Dr. Ashley Magovern, Dermstore’s official board-certified dermatologist, said people can really overdo the scrubbing.

“I see it all the time. With all the new scrubs and ‘active’ cleansers out there, people are scrubbing too much. I see it especially in those with acne-prone skin,” she said.

There is no way to “scrub off” the acne on your face.

“When you scrub your skin, you break down your skin barrier and cause irritation and even more breakouts. Exfoliation is important and amazing, but you need to listen to your skin, exfoliate gently, and maybe not every day, and be sure to moisturize,” she explained.

Dr. Magovern recommends to use chemical exfoliators, like glycolic, lactic, or mandelic acids, rather than the beaded mechanical scrubs to keep your skin in tact.


8. You Use More Skin Products Than You Can Count

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There is such a thing as too much. Using too many cleansers, scrubs, toners, moisturizers, serums, and masks can complicate your routine and puts your skin at risk of irritation, says Dr. Jennifer Hermann.

She suggests to “stick with a simple cleanser and evidence-based anti-aging serum at night, followed by a moisturizer specific to your skin type. In the morning, gently cleanse again, apply moisturizer, and a broad-spectrum SPF of at least SPF 30.”


9. You Lay Out In The Sun Like It’s No Big Deal

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This is something you know is bad for you, but you do it anyway.

“Suntanning is a sure way to damage the skin, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancers,” Dr. Lisa Chipps said.

We know you know that “natural” glow from the sun, but if you can, try to opt out and use a bronzer or self-tanner to fake it instead. Not only will this prevent you from getting wrinkles, age spots and skin cancers, but you will also be glowing. Trust me.


10. You Pretend Your Shower Is A Sauna, Literally

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But who doesn’t love it when the hot water in the shower is burning your face?!

“Hot water stimulates histamine, which can lead to irritation and redness, and it overly dries out the skin,” Dr. Herrmann explained. “Opt for luke-warm to cool water instead.”

We know this seems pretty elementary when it comes to skin care. But, the little changes you make to your routine can have a huge impact on your skin. If you want to reach those #glowingskingoals, then stop doing these 10 things and you will be on your way to your almost perfect skin!

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