Last week’s blog post talked about ingredients that can be irritating your skin. This week, I’m moving into irritating touch factors that can cause breakouts. These are simple daily habits or shifts that can be tweaked for clearer skin. Usually these types of breakouts seem random and unexplainable. Are you doing any of these things that could be causing your seemingly mysterious breakouts?
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There are plenty of things that come in contact with our skin on a daily basis that can be causing breakouts. Simply keeping these items clean can help to clear up suspicious breakouts.
Glasses and sunglasses
Sunglasses are particularly important to insure sun protection around your eyes; however, if you begin to breakout on the bridge of your nose or around your temples your glasses may be the culprit. Be sure the cleanse the nose pieces and arms of your glasses regularly to reduce bacteria from clogging your pores in those areas.
Whether you’re someone who talks on the phone often for work or leisure, holding your phone up to your face can certainly cause breakouts next to your ear or on the sides of your face. Since we tend to bring them everywhere with us, our phones collect a good deal of bacteria. Give your phone a nice wipe down every once and a while to reduce breakouts.
Next, more frequently switching to a fresh pillowcase can reduce breakouts. The reason dirty pillowcases can cause such an issue for your skin is due to the oils from your hair. These oils can collect on your pillowcase and then make their way to your skin (depending on your sleeping positions).
This small habit can be something many of us do quite mindlessly. Often times, it’s a habit we acquire while talking and thinking. Worst yet, face touching is commonly a stress habit. Take an hour (or a day, if you have the time) to be mindful of all the times you touch your face and why. Even bringing your attention to this habit for a short while can increase your allover awareness of it and how it plays a part in your daily routine.
How do you sweep your hair out of your face? Is it always the same movement? Do your fingers always swipe across your skin in the same place to pull your hair out of your eyes? This is another form of face touching. Try to pin your hair out of your face or be sure to only touch your hair, leaving your skin out of this action.
There are plenty of hair products out there that are great for your hair, but can be irritating to your skin. Be sure that your hair products are not crossing your hair line and making their way onto your face. If this is an issue, it usually manifests as breakouts along the hairline.
If you’ve seen me for a facial, you know that I do not tell my clients not to pick. I believe it is quite unreasonable to ask someone to walk out the door with a giant pimple on their face. However, have you ever picked at a breakout, only to find that another one pops up right next to it a few days or a week later? That is usually because the bacteria or dirt you extracted from the first breakout travelled over to the pore next to it.
Therefore, it is always essential to use something anti-bacterial after picking. A good option is my Chamomile + Tea tree Toning Mist, which not only contains anti-bacterial properties, but also redness reducing and anti-inflammatory properties.
May these tiny adjustments bring you clearer happier skin! It’s incredible how responsive our skin can be to tiny variations in our daily lives. Tune into your daily actions to see what may be causing your breakouts. It’s rarely random!