Most of us chalk up the reasons for our breakouts to diet, genetics, hormones and skincare (or lack there of). In addition to these common acne triggers are more, hidden causes we might not suspect.
Here are some of the lesser-known sources of acne, and some simple ways you can help yourself sidestep a breakout:
Bacteria-Laden Cell Phones
Studies have proven that our cell phones are filthy things. The amount germs found on a phone make them comparable to a dirty toilet. Now think about pressing that phone against your face! To rid your device of bacteria, use tech-safe wipes or make your own solution with alcohol and distilled water. Consider purchasing an antimicrobial phone case, and for goodness sake, stop using your phone in the washroom!
Dirty Makeup Brushes
When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Leaving makeup building up on your brushes and sponges (especially those used for foundation and concealer) for longer than a week is a skin health no-no. Bacteria lurking in your brushes will continue to spread from your brush to your face and possibly back to your makeup, causing a germy cycle. Keeping your brushes clean is easy. Simply shampoo them with a brush cleaner or a mild liquid soap and lie them flat to dry.
Gym Gear and Equipment
Acne is not limited to the face. Many people experience breakouts on their back and chest. For some, sweating does influence skin health, but the gym itself is also a breeding ground for germs and bacteria as are tight-fitting, synthetic workout clothes. To help keep your skin clean and clear, always wipe down gym equipment before and after use, wear clean gym attire every time your workout, avoid touching your face and shower after exercising whenever possible.
The Wrong Laundry Detergent
Though we love the fresh scent of clean laundry, the wrong detergent can be a likely culprit of face and body acne. Some of the key ingredients in detergent, including foaming agents, sulfates and perfume are known irritants. Clothes, towels and sheets all come into direct contact with our skin, so if you’re experiencing a reaction, replace your detergent right away. You may have to experiment a little but start by switching to fragrance free products meant for sensitive skin.
At the end of the day, the name of the acne prevention game is keeping things clean with the appropriate products. If you’re prone to breakouts, finding ways to reduce acne-causing bacteria and sourcing suitable cleaning products is worth the effort. Your skin will thank you!