PART 2: NOT SO OBVIOUS CAUSES OF ACNE
6. Touching the face: When we touch the face with our hands we risk spreading germs and bacteria. Depending on the type of blemish and location, the cause can likely be from a habit of touching or resting the hands on that area. The face should not be touched unless it is being washed. I recommend to refrain from excessive touching throughout the day. Things such as wiping sweat, wiping the nose, resting the palms of the hand on the chin, rubbing the eyes and even a toddlers hands on the face can all be cause for a breakout in the area being consistently touched. The same goes for items touching the face such as hats, bangs, ear plugs, cell phones, etc. Cleansing these things regularly and trying to keep them away from the face or area of concern are essential.
7. Makeup brushes: It is important to be mindful of cleaning our makeup brushes and what we are using to do this. The best cleanser is soap and water. Certain brush cleansers can leave irritants on the brush that can cause a break out. If brushes are dirty they can also cause a blemish. If you do wear makeup and break out— DO use a make up brush instead of your hand or a sponge. Just keep in mind your makeup brushes need to be cleaner than your friend who doesn’t struggle with acne. A side note: It is never a good idea to use a brush to reapply makeup later in the day on oily skin. I recommend always carrying blotting paper to blot excess oil (without removing or reapplying your makeup) for clear skin purposes!
8. Hair Products: The products we put in our hair can have ingredients that may be the cause of a breakout on our face or body. Some examples would be leave in treatments, hair gel, hair sprays, softening oils, etc. Any product put in the hair after washing can rub against the skin and create a break out. The same goes for washing your hair after you wash your face in the shower. Excess shampoo and conditioner may leave a film of residue on the face. I personally recommend washing the face last. I would also avoid leave in products altogether until the blemishes clear.
9. Bedding and Detergent : Washing pillowcases and sheets more often than the average person may be helpful when breakouts are an issue. The oils from our skin, dead skin cells, and oils from hair products lay on the bedding all while the face rests. Sleeping on one side can cause that side to break out more, especially if the blemish is on the cheek. It is important to be extra diligent in washing our pillow case if we have a blemish problem. Laundry detergents that are unscented are best to use for bedding.
10. Perfume: The word perfume on a label can stand for a million different chemicals. Perfume or fragrance can be a skin irritant. As someone who is prone to break out, I personally avoid synthetic dyes, fragrances, and perfumes. Even premium skincare lines can have perfume listed in the ingredients. I recommend always reading the label. I personally prefer to avoid it. Perfume or fragrance can be a common skin irritant.