Surprise Bacteria Traps
We all know that expression “don’t throw in the towel” (More likely than not from your high school PE teacher…) but there may actually be a case for throwing in the towel. Not emotionally though guys, literally!
Let’s take a look at the dirty (half a) dozen and how they could be ambushing your glow:
GETTING TOUCHY TOUCHY WITH YOUR FACEY FACEY
Ever catch yourself daydreaming about your upcoming vacay, your latest ASOS order or doughnuts? Me too, but that’s not what this is about. It’s more about resting your hand on your face whilst you’re daydreaming. We all know that our hands collect bacteria and nasties over the space of the day (thank you hand sanitizer!) but did you know that on average we touch our faces 10-12 times…an hour?!
Dr. Ava Shamban, board-certified dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin explains that touching your skin can definitely lead to acne. She quite literally suggested this tactic to Huffington Post to help you stop touching your face. “For a willpower boost, it’s simple: Gross yourself out. Think about something we touch every day... money. Now think about your own cash — about every germy person who has handled it and every disgusting place it’s been before it landed in your wallet. Well, touching your face is just like rubbing those filthy, dirty dollar bills all over it,”. Wow, that’ll do it.
BAE'S HIPSTER BEARD
Love smacking on with your hipster french bearded bae? We get it, we really do. It’s just worth knowing that the friction between your skin and his gorg hairy stubble patch of goodness can stimulate excess oil production. Ta-da, you’re ready for blemishes and irritation.
This guy. THIS guy. So, your towel may look clean and you may be thinking “I just got out of the shower, so I’m clean”. But is your towel really that clean? They’re actually a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. Researchers at the University of Arizona discovered that towels are the MOST bacteria-infested items in our homes.
Not surprising considering the bathroom is the most germ-ridden and damp area of the house. Your towel to bacteria is like the block, to Jenny. So PLEASE be mindful of your towel on your face. We suggest using tissue paper to pat dry, individual face towels or even the good old air dry for your face.
Your pillowcases are what bacteria nightmares are made of. We spend up to 8 hours of our day with our faces against these guys. If you consider that pillowcases are covered in the same bacteria as toilet seats, along with oil and dirt from your hair, drool and all other kinds of nasties, this is not a safe space for your skin. Changing your pillowcase nightly or every few days will prevent these nasties clogging your pores and causing blemishes.
Check out our cool solution to this problem bae HERE
(DON'T) CALL ME ON MY CELL PHONE
The build up of germs and bacteria on your mobile phone can cause real issues. They collect makeup, oils, and environmental toxins over the space of the day. Not to mention they collect whatever is lurking at the bottom of your handbag or gunk from the coffee table it was resting on. Allure spoke to Shereene Idriss, a New York City-based dermatologist about how "With each phone call, we reintroduce these germs onto our skin, clogging our pores and leading to eventual breakouts," We suggest using gentle alcoholic wipes to clean your screen regularly.
ONE LAST THING.... Big word alert: Acne Mechanica.
According to Dr. David E. Bank, (Director and Founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery,) this is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. All that juicy oil, dirt, and pollution that you’re (unknowingly) literally getting down and dirty with, can easily be the cause of your clogged pores and blemishes.
We hope this has sufficiently grossed you out and that you side eye all the dirty (half) dozen culprits before they cause your next break out.
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