OMG, Did You Know These Shower Mistakes Can Cause Acne?

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1. If Your Shampoo’s Too Heavy: Condition & Cleanse With Coconut Oil

Dermatologist Doris J. Day says that a heavy formula (like a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner) could be clogging the pores around your scalp. The shampoo can strip away natural oils while conditioner piles on more, wreaking havoc on your skin’s natural balance. Switching to a chemical-free, natural cleansing conditioner is an awesome alternative, as it won’t strip anything away in the first place. It’s great for your hair because it’s sulfate- and detergent-free, but it still cleans build-up while leaving your natural sheen intact. Plus, plant-based ingredients like this conditioner’s hibiscus andneem are great for moisturizing skin and preventing acne.

2. If Your Exfoliator Is Irritating: A Gentle Coffee Scrub Won’t Damage Pores

Dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos warns against exfoliants with abrasive agents, as they loosen the bonds that keep skin firm and protected. This organic coffee scrub has gentle and moisturizing ingredients like dead sea salt, Kona coffee, and olive oil to softly buff away old skin that’s blocking pores, but they support the rejuvenation of new skin at the same time. Even those with sensitive, acne-prone faces have no problem with it, and because it smells like delicious, miraculous, life-giving coffee (I’m not obsessed or anything), it’s the perfect thing to kick-start your day.

3. If You’re Not Moisturizing Wet Skin: Gently Hydrate With Jojoba Oil

Seppo Puusa, an advocate of natural acne treatments, talks about the importance of moisturizing while your skin’s wet. However, because skin is even more absorbent during a hot, pore-opening shower, it can be healthy to keep your products all-natural. This jojoba and olive oil body moisturizercontains no alcohol, parabens, or artificial detergents. Instead, it has natural fruit oils and vitamin E that supports skin, goes on smooth, and won’t leave a greasy residue that clogs pores. Reviewers say it leaves them glowing, and the fresh, subtle scent is a wonderful way to finish off their showers.

4. If Your Sponge Is Covered In Germs: Switch to Antibacterial Konjac

Sponges hang in your wet, dark shower all day and night, collecting mold and bacteria, and that’s why dermatologist Jessica Wu suggests investing in a konjac sponge. This one by PureSOL is made for both your face and your body, and it stimulates circulation while pulling impurities right out of your skin. It also comes with a convenient hook, so you can hang up your sponge in a well-ventilated area (away from the allergens and mildew — a total dream for acne-free shower sessions). Because konjac sponges made with natural konjac fibers and are infused with activated bamboo charcoal, they’re antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

5. If Unfiltered Water Clogs Pores: A Shower Head Filter Removes Pollutants

Eighty-five percent of water is considered “hard,” which means that there are tons of chemicals and metals in your tap water that are really tough on your skin. This AquaCare filtered shower head removes chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria from your water, so pores stay unclogged, and skin won’t dry out. (Aka, you can ease up on the greasy moisturizer.) It has six different pressure options, as well as a tools-free installation and a sleek chrome finish. Reviewers also praise the strong water pressure the shower head provides.

6. If Your Soap Messes With You pH Levels: Mineral Mud Purifies Without Without Upsetting The Balance

Many soaps contain sodium hydroxide, which is an alkaline, inorganic compound that disrupts the pH balance of your skin. While this Dead Sea mineral soap utilizes it as a key step for the soap-making process, the compound doesn’t remain in the finished product. Instead, this soap uses ingredients like dead sea mineral mud, shea butter, coconut oil, and activated charcoal to purify the skin without damaging it or disrupting its natural balance. Because it’s made without chemicals or the usual irritants, it’s incredible for sensitive skin and those prone to breakouts — one reviewer even calls it her “$9 Cure-All.”

7. If Regular Towels Spread Acne-Causing Germs: Bamboo Slows Down Bacteria

Kelly A. Reynolds, an environmental health professor, says when dead skin collects in your towels, it creates an environment that’s great for mold and bacteria (and, you guessed it: acne). These bamboo towels are great because they’re made with bamboo rayon, which is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. They’re softer and more absorbent than regular towels, and because it’s significantly harder for germs to flourish, you won’t be wiping bacteria all over your freshly showered body. This set comes with two hand towels, two bath towels, and two washcloths, and because they’re durable and easy to wash, they could very well be the last set you buy for a while.

8. If You’re Not Reaching Your Back: Gently Wash Bacne With Antibacterial Bamboo Fibers

It’s important to get rid of excess oil and sweat on your back if you want to prevent breakouts there. However, it’s kind of necessary that you’re able to reach it first. This bamboo brush allows you to cleanse all of those hard-to-reach places, but it does so without the synthetic bristles that (over time) start to disintegrate and clog your pores. It’s made with antibacterial bamboo and natural boar bristles, so you can softly and hygienically cleanse your back without spreading germs or growing a mold farm in your shower.

9. If You’re Showering In A Bacterial Zone: Sanitize Surfaces With A UV Light

So many things in your shower are completely teeming with germs, and while your skin should have a natural build-up of microbiomes, that doesn’t mean your razor should. Use this sanitizing wand to easily and conveniently clean anything in your shower, including your razor, your shower head, your washcloths, and your water knobs. It uses a powerful UV light to kill germs and bacteria, and because it’s cordless and battery-operated, removing any acne-causing bacteria becomes pretty darn quick and painless.
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