I have to admit that I'm not always consistent with my own skincare routine. Often I think, "I'll just take a break for a day or two." In the past, I needed a rest because the acne products I used made my skin hurt. Now, I often just feel lazy.
In the morning, I'm in a hurry and want to get out the door. Before bed, I'm tired and sometimes I just don't feel like washing my face.
When it comes to missing the occasional skincare step, I'm definitely not alone. Industry research confirms what nearly everyone I talk to tells me: people have a hard time using acne products every day.
I haven't found a way to persuade people to care for their skin more consistently. But I can tell you what helps keep me on track.
First, I know that if I stopped treating my acne, even for one or two days, all of the things that control my condition would come to a halt.
Bacteria will flourish. Cell turnover will slow down. Even inflammation and oil production will be altered.
But ultimately, what motivates me is reminding myself of my goal: I want to keep my skin clear.
I know that I have a condition that's hard to treat. So when I'm feeling lazy, I remember that I've made a lot of progress toward clearer skin. That helps me fight the temptation to relax my habits.
Andy Bosselman is founder of Arithmetic. E-mail andy (at) arithmeticproducts.com.