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27 Bad Skin Habits You Need to Break Right Now

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16. Frowning too much

Frowning, squinting, or any facial expression for that matter, contracts the muscles under the skin, forming a groove. Repetitive facial expressions may eventually lead to permanent fine lines because the skin loses flexibility and the muscles don’t go back in place.

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17. Scrubbing your skin

“Scrubbing doesn’t really accomplish what people think it does,” English said. While it removes some microorganisms from the skin and pores, it is far more irritating to the skin than it is helpful, he explained. Like the effect hot showers can have, excessive scrubbing also removes beneficial protective oils the skin naturally produces.

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18. Using exfoliators too often

“Moisturizers should be used at least once daily to both the face and body, especially after washing,” said Dr. Jason Miller of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New Jersey. This helps maintain the natural texture and softness of the skin.

Exfoliators are less essential and can be very irritating if overused, he added. “[Exfoliators] can be used two to three times per week for those with normal skin types but should be limited to once weekly in those with sensitive skin.”

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19. Keeping makeup on all night

Wearing makeup overnight can lead to eye irritation, styes, infections, lash breakage, acne, and dry skin, among other problems, Richmond noted. Free radicals can be trapped by makeup, leading to premature aging. “It is always best to gently but thoroughly wash off your makeup before bed, and sleep with clean, moisturized skin,” she said. Even better, apply retinol cream before bed to help repair fine lines and wrinkles and combat sun damage.

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20. Washing your face several times a day

Some people can tolerate excessive washing, English said. Soap will strip the natural oils from the skin and lead to dryness. “I’d stick to washing the face twice a day and after getting sweaty,” he added. Sweat can get dirt and dust trapped under the skin and exacerbate the clogging of the pores.