If you're wondering why the condition of your skin isn't up to par, it might be time to take a look at how you're cleansing it. A good soapy lathering, a scrub with an old washcloth and a quick towel dry are cleaning steps more suited to your car than to the delicate skin on your face. If you've had a skin care routine like that since preschool, then it's probably time to rethink your approach.

It’s good to wash your face once or twice a day, but you don’t want to wash your face too much. Even if you’re in the middle of a major breakout, over-washing will only irritate your skin. Generally, a twice-a-day routine is all you need, but you should also be sure to wash after exercising, or anytime you’ve worked up a good sweat.

If you like to use a face scrub, go for a soft one, because the harsh ones can be too intense and cause scarring. And you don’t need to scrub your skin until it feels raw!

Always moisturize after washing your face! Face cleansers can dry out your skin a lot, which makes your skin produce extra oil to make up for it, and you can end up getting more pimples! Prevent that from happening by always using a nice light face moisturizer after washing (try to get one with SPF in it to protect your skin from the sun!). If you have an oily complexion, look for an oil-free face moisturizer.