Whether you’re casually leaning your face against your hands or just trying to pop a pimple, most of us are guilty of touching our faces at one point or another throughout the day and while it might seem like a normal habit, touching your face is a serious skincare red flag. Don’t know why? Read on to learn why you shouldn’t touch your face and tips to avoid touching your face throughout the day.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
While touching your face is tempting, it could also be a subconscious habit you must avoid especially in this day and age when facial appearance has become a passport to how you are perceived. According to American Association of Dermatology (AAD), making sure not to touch your face throughout the day is essential for people looking to control oily skin. Touching your face can spread dirt, oil and bacteria from your hands to your face, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Pimple popping should be avoided at all cost as it could result in permanent acne scars and besides the transfer of bacteria from your hands to your face could result in more cystic, painful and recurrent acne breakouts.
HOW TO STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Now that you’ve seen why face touching is bad, we know you are ready to stop this bad habit. Habits are hard to break but following the tips below sure is a good way to start.
Tip #1 : Keep your hands busy : Keep your hands busy always, whether by typing away on your phone or just doing activities that keep your hands away from your face. JUST. KEEP. YOUR. HANDS. BUSY.
Tip #2 : Get a support system : Have someone/people to help keep you accountable… Seriously! If you let your friends know that you are trying to stop touching your face, they’ll act as a reminder when you do so subconsciously.
Tip #3 : Reminders : Set a daily reminder on your phone!
Finally, wash your hands regularly. Habits take time to break and you will get there!