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We all want blemish-less, glowing skin, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Unless you’re some sort of flawless-skinned unicorn, getting clear skin free of lines or blemishes takes effort. Don’t undo the work you’ve put in by falling into any of these nine skin traps.

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1. You over-exfoliate
So apparently there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. While the occasional apricot scrub leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean, doing it too much strips the skin of its essential oils and leaves it dull and dry. Stick to exfoliation once a week, OK?

2. You sleep in your makeup
We know, we know: After a long day (and then night out), sometimes you just want to crawl into bed without washing your face. But as annoying as it can be, you really should spend the time to take off your makeup each night, since sleeping in it could lead to acne-causing clogged pores or even bacterial infections.

3. You pop pimples
When breakouts do happen, please don’t try to deal with them with your hands. Popping pimples pushes bacteria deeper into your skin and could result in even more breakouts. Instead, treat pimples with salicylic-acid creams or see a professional aesthetician for extractions.

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4. You eat too much sugar
Hate to break it to you, but the more sugar you eat, the more you’re damaging the collagen in your skin, which could lead to premature sagging. If you’ve got to satisfy a sweet tooth, stick to natural sugars found in fruit instead of processed chocolate bars and ice cream.

5. You take super-hot showers
As relaxing as they are, steaming showers strip away the outer layer of the skin, making it look and feel scaly and dry. Stick to temperatures that don’t make your skin fire-engine red, and use a moisturizing body wash instead of straight bar soap (another super-drying culprit).

6. You don’t sleep enough
Your skin repairs itself overnight, so if you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not giving your skin enough time to get itself together. This could mean more lines, less elasticity and uneven coloring. So do yourself a favor and catch enough zzz’s.

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7. You don’t clean your cell phone
Talking on the phone for long periods of time can cause breakouts along your cheek and jawline. To prevent this from happening, make sure to clean your phone with antibacterial wipes often. But another idea for between cleanings: Use your headphones and microphone during extra-long gabfests.

8. You don’t clean your glasses
The same principle applies to the bridge of your nose and temples when it comes to wearing glasses or sunglasses. Give those babies a good cleaning every once in a while to stop annoying breakouts in their tracks.

9. You don’t wear your glasses
If you need glasses or contacts, don’t fight it. Wear them. Why? You could be constantly squinting, which (sorry) leads to wrinkles around your eyes. It’s preventable; get some cute frames.

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