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This common skincare habit is making your acne worse

Do you do this too?

By ELLE team  January 25th, 2017

It’s a well-known fact that celebrities (and their dermatologists) work really hard to get the clear and glowing skin that we aspire to have. And while you may not have the zeroes to singlehandedly power the skincare industry, you can take control of your skin by changing one common habit — the way you wash your face.

Most people with acne-prone skin are careful about the products they use on their faces, especially cleansers. But Dr Christie Kidd, the dermatologist behind Kendall Jenner’s now-flawless skin, stresses equally on how you use a cleanser.

In a video for Kendall’s app, Dr Kidd talks about the most common mistake girls with acne-prone skin make while washing their faces. “I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive. Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth. You want to treat it very delicately and just wash really well with your hands,” she says.

In an interview, she adds that when it comes to this skin type, less is more. “I often find patients have bought and are using far to many products which makes their skin worse,” she says. “Keeping it simple and effective is far better for acne.”

5 acne-fighting products to use right now:

Biotique Bio Myristica Spot Correcting Anti-Acne face pack, Rs 199
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam, Rs 2450
Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Multani Mitti, Rs 625
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Rs 999
Avène TriAcnéal, Rs 1399