GT Beauty: Why You Should Stop Touching Your Face Right Now

How many times in a day do you touch your face? Probably you don’t even remember. Many of us have formed the habit of unconsciously touching our face – picking spots, pimples, scars or even simply idle fiddling.

If you are touching your face right now as you read this article, you shouldn’t get bothered because you’re not alone. According to a study found, people touch their face 16 times an hour on the average, but often unconsciously

Some women constantly rest their chin in their hands or put on their makeup with their fingers immediately after they had just touched their hair, then they wonder why their skin won’t clear up. It is important to know that by touching your skin constantly, you may actually cause existing acne to spread to non-infected parts of your face. The bacteria from an infected sebaceous gland on your face so to speak may get stuck in surrounding glands and clog them too. So what may have started out, as a single pimple will become a much bigger breakout.

To have a clear skin, you have to consciously make an effort to stop touching or fiddling with your face. It may be hard to keep your hands off your face, but, with constant practice, you will discover you have finally stopped the habit of touching your face.

Here are reasons why you should stop touching your face so that your skin will heal faster, there will be less excess dirt and oil to cause new acne or breakouts.

It can spread germs

Our fingers come constantly in contact with a lot of things such as money, phones and more which usually carry bacteria. Hence, by touching our face with our unwashed hands, you could spread germs and allergens to your skin and face.

Touching leads to picking and scarring

When you’re constantly touching your face, there is always the possibility to scan for irregularities and then a pressure to pop or pick at anything undesirable. By picking at blemishes, you run a very high risk of worsening it. You can even cause acne scarring, which carries lifelong damage.

It can cause/trigger acne breakouts

Your hands come in contact with lots of germs through things like smartphones, doorknobs, shoe, musical instruments, computers and more. You should not allow these germs on these items make it to your face, as this can lead to an unwanted acne breakout.

Remember that touching doesn’t cause acne or breakouts but it can most definitely worsens the situation.

If you are acne-prone, touching your face trigger breakouts. Acne is caused by the confluence three factors: excess oil, excess skin shedding and p. acnes bacteria. What touching can do is spread existing p. acnes, which is the cause of red inflammatory acne papules, pustules and cysts on the surface and beneath the surface of the skin. Beneath the skin is where it does the most damage because it can spread to other pores and manifest in yet another pimple.

Avoid lengthy bathroom routines obsession

Women are known to stand in front of a mirror for long admiring themselves as well as checking out their skin. Hence, the temptation to touch, pop and scratch. Avoid lengthy bathroom routines, better still, try to keep it as short as possible to ensure you’re not tempted to touch your face.


How to gradually overcome this habit

  • If you must touch your face, wash your hands before and after with anti-bacterial soap.
  • Make sure your fingernails are always cut and neat. Ensure there is no grime under your nails because the fingers and hands are one of the dirtiest places on the human body.
  • When you wash your face, don’t scrub too hard so that your face will not get irritated and you will be compelled to touch your face to soothe the pain.
  • Avoid putting hands on the face or touching the forehead / face.
  • Do not put your hands on your face and use it to rest your hand.
  • If you like fidgeting with your face, then, any time you notice your hands wandering towards your face, you should fiddle with your wristwatch, bracelet or something else instead.
  • Finally, don’t give up. Just like any other bad habit, you may not be able to stop face-touching overnight. So, you should not become discouraged. It’s a gradual process.

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