Do you have the habit of popping your zits or not applying adequate sunscreen regularly? These are some examples of mistakes in skin care that can ruin your skin.

In this article, you will find a list of common skincare mistakes and how to avoid them.

Common Skin Care Mistakes

# 1

Going slather happy with DIY

Don’t believe that if you can eat something, you can apply it to your skin as well. Proceed cautiously with certain ingredients, like vinegar, spices such as cinnamon, etc, because they can irritate and harm your skin than do good. For example, lemon is the most popular DIY ingredient known for skin brightening, but it can also be harmful since it is acidic. When lemon is applied to the skin after sun exposure, it can cause a skin reaction called phytophotodermatitis – leading to burns and further skin discoloration.

Tip: Only use safe ingredients that have been used for ages, and that too after the patch test.

# 2

Popping a zit

It’s often tempting to pop an annoying pimple when it raises its head, but you should leave that urge alone. Because when we try to pop the pimple, we may push the acne infection deeper down layers of the skin. This would result in newer pimples and scarring.


  • Use an ice cube off and on the bump for 20-30 seconds to reduce inflammation or
  • Try a spot treatment containing ingredients like benzyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid.
  • Consider applying a pimple patch (like patchhydrocolloid patches) that sucks out the pus and oil from the pimple while keeping the skin hydrated.

# 3

Not using sunscreen

Not applying regular, appropriate, and enough sunscreen can cause multiple skin problems. We all commit sunscreen blunders like NOT using sunscreen indoors, using it only when the sun is shining, or during the summer season. Another mistake many often make is considering only the SPF factor while buying sunscreen.

Unprotected sun exposure can cause increased acne breakouts, worsening acne marks, hyperpigmentation, and early skin aging. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, preventing sunburn and premature aging. UVA protection factor is mentioned as PA (Protection grade of UVA) on a sunscreen bottle; usually, PA +++ is considered good. In contrast, the UVB protection factor is measured as SPF (sun protection factor), and SPF30 is recommended.

# 4

Using too many actives and over-exfoliating

In your pursuit of glowing, poreless skin, you might be buffing your way to a damaged skin barrier when scrubbing off the daily dirt and grime. People often layer active skincare products one over the other, such as exfoliants with Vitamin C, retinol or, abrasive scrubs, etc. This is unproductive when maximizing benefits to the skin while minimizing sensitivity. Follow simplicity; use one active in your skincare regime at a time. Incorporate a basic AHA/BHA solution two or three times weekly in your routine and build on it. If you prefer a skin polish, use it once per week.

Have you ever wondered how frequently you should exfoliate your face for that coveted glowing skin? Here’s an interesting read on the ideal number of times you can exfoliate your face in a week. Check it out!

# 5

Neglecting skincare while traveling

A very common error is forgetting your skincare routine while traveling. Extreme weather changes, photodamage due to sun exposure, and dehydrating air on the plane can cause sensitivity and a compromised skin barrier. Always carry skincare basics like a good cleanser, an antioxidant, a hydrating product, a moisturizer, and sun protection.

Are you looking for some tips on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing? Check out these helpful skin care tips that will leave you feeling refreshed and confident in your own skin.




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