Did you know that the average person touches their T-zone approximately 69 times per hour?
That’s according to a systematic review of scientific literature conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Auckland in 2020.
Common reasons people touch their face include:
Whether you touch your face to pop pimples or to rub the tiredness away from your eyes, you might want to think about breaking this habit.
Not all skin touching is bad, but touching your face with unwashed hands is pretty gross.
“Bacteria, viruses and allergens transfer from fingertips onto the skin. Also, repeatedly rubbing the skin can do some real damage"
Dr. Shamban tells us that, although touching your face won’t cause acne, it can aggravate acne-prone skin and lead to breakouts:
"What touching can do is spread existing p. acnes -- the culprit behind 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."
In addition, touching your face with dirty hands can lead to skin infections and self-inoculation of contagious diseases like the common cold and even COVID-19...
ARGH! How do I stop touching my face?
The key to breaking a habit is understanding.
And, now you understand why touching your face with unclean hands is a big no-no, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to stop. Now all you need to do is create new habits!
Here are 10 simple steps you can follow to help you stop touching your face and develop healthier behaviors:
Instead of focusing on trying to stop touching your face altogether, you may find it easier to replace the habit with a harmless substitute action.
Try flexing your hands, snapping your fingers, or gently tapping your palms down on the desk.
Over time - and with plenty of repetition - the alternative action will replace the harmful habit.
Many people touch their faces to give their hands something to do while thinking.
You could keep your hands busy with a stress ball or by doodling with a pen and paper.
We know those pimples are oh so tempting to pop and that dry skin around your nose can be so incredibly itchy!
But it’s possible to mitigate these skin care issues by implementing a consistent skin care routine, including cleansing and moisturizing your face. Remember to use skin care products that moisturize and soothe without clogging your pores.
Another way to keep your skin hydrated is by drinking plenty of H20, so make sure you’re starting your day with a glass of water.
Keep your locks tucked away and it will stop you from using your fingers to push away any loose strands.
It’s time to stop using your fingers to apply skin care products and makeup.
Not only does a makeup brush give you a more flawless finish, but it’s also one of the best ways to prevent acne. This is because using a makeup brush stops oil, dirt, and bacteria from building up in your pores - as long as you keep it clean of course!
Stop breakouts and infection risks by creating a barrier between your fingers and your face.
Yes, you may look silly sitting in the office with your gloves on, but it’s a great acne prevention technique!
Write it on your bathroom mirror, place a sticky note on your desk, set yourself a phone reminder, or leave a note in your vanity bag to prompt yourself to form new habits.
Keeping a pack of tissues on your desk or in your pocket will give you something to wipe your face with or sneeze into.
You can also use tissues or a clean towel to wipe away sweat when you’re stressed, hot, or working out!
If you’re a nail biter, you could try one of these Stop Nail Biting Polishes.
Using a scented hand moisturizer will also remind you when your hands get too close to your face.
The more eyes the better!
Tell your friends, family, and coworkers that you want to stop touching your face and get them to volunteer as your hand police.
We’d love to hear them!
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