Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This causes acne to manifest into blackheads, whiteheads or cystic acne. There are a laundry list of acne causes and we tend to blame our acne-prone skin on what we eat, and gauge it on how clean our face is — but there is more to it than that. What about the things that come in contact with your face? Could they be causing those breakouts as well?
Keep reading as I unlock three hidden surfaces that can cause acne.
Your cell phone is a melting pot of grease, dirt, makeup and germs. You touch a surface — a doorknob, a button on the elevator, the handle on a shopping cart and then you load your phone with germs and bacteria when you answer the phone. This could very well cause acne.
Solution: Keep a travel sized pack of anti-bacterial wipes handy to clean your phone in between uses. Companies now make anti-bacterial wipes for your cell phone as well. Zagg Zagg makes anti-bacterial wipes that remove oil, dirt and germs from your electronic devices.
Do you have acne breakouts in your temple area? Well the handles of your glasses could be the culprit. This scenario is the same as above. You touch surfaces and instead of cleaning your hands, you go straight for your glasses, touching the handle with your dirty hands, and apply them to your face.
Solution: Purchase some anti-bacterial wipes and clean your glasses before use. A trial sized pack should fit right in your glasses case, so you will not forget to use them. Also, just remember the common adage to wash your hands after touching germ-laden surfaces.
Ahhh it’s bedtime. Time to fluff those pillows and go down for a good nights rest, or a nap. Let me ask — did you wash your face before bed? In 2013, Olay conducted a survey that found that 50% of women do not wash their face on a regular basis. Another survey found that men only wash their face six times a week. That means all that dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin, hair products and germs are being deposited on pillows at night.
Solution: The solution is very simple. Wash your face before bedtime and wash pillowcases more often. Wash your face every night before bed, and wash your pillowcases at least twice a week.
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