I was reading a natural beauty book in the health store yesterday which claimed that people with acne or acne prone skin always have the problem of touching their face too much.
My immediate reaction was “Yeah, sure, whatever”, until I really thought about it and realized that perhaps there was some truth to their claim after all. Let me explain.
The formation of a pimple is really quite simple.
- A pore gets clogged with dead skin cells, oils and cosmetics.
- If toxins and bacteria then get stuck in the pore too, it creates an infection – a pimple.
These toxins and bacteria can either come from the inside-out as part of your bodies natural cleansing process, or from the outside-in from things like old bacteria-ridden cosmetics, pollution, and you guessed it – dirty hands.
Do you touch your face too much?
I’ve been monitoring myself over the last couple of days and wow do I have an annoying face touching habit. I had no idea I touched my face this much!
I’m constantly touching my face. I’m always scratching my skin, brushing my hair away from my face, or just stroking my skin with my fingers. And half the time I’m in front of my Macbook I’m not even working, I’m just staring at the screen leaning on my left cheek with my left hand. No wonder my acne was always more severe on my left side. Duh!
Since I’ve been writing this article, I’ve managed to scratch my face a dozen times. It starts unconsciously so I kind of have to kick in now and ask myself if my skin is really itchy or if I’m just scratching out of habit.
Why is there so much bacteria on our hands?
There’s a reason why your parents told you to wash your hands before dinner. Our hands do so much work for us throughout the day that we’re constantly picking up bacteria without even realizing it.
And I don’t want you to rush out and buy a sanitary pair of gloves or get ridiculous with anti-bacterial wipes either. A little bacteria is actually very healthy for our immune system and keeps us healthy and strong. It’s just not so good rubbed all over the skin on our face where the perfect environment might already be brewing for a pimple to form.
Breaking the habit
So if you’re like me and have this face touching habit, then what you can do is just touch your face less.
And if you really do need to scratch and itch, or touch your face for whatever reason, use the back of your hand which contains significantly less bacteria.
No longer touching your face with the palm of your hand will not cure your acne, but it is a piece of the holistic puzzle for your acne cure that will make a significant difference if you touch your face a lot.
By removing all toxins and bacteria from the outside-in, then you’re preventing a bunch of new pimples from ever forming.