Hands off! Are you touching your face with dirty hands?

How many times a day do you touch your face? What about resting your chin or cheeks on the back of your hands? It’s probably a lot. Between turning door knobs, texting and touching different surfaces, our hands come in contact with millions of germs.

Bacteria, viruses and allergens transfer from fingertips onto the skin. Also, repeatedly rubbing the skin can do some real damage.  Rubbing the eyes, for example, can actually create microscopic tears in the tissue making the eye area look older faster, break the capillaries in the eyelids or break the capillaries under the eye, intensifying dark circles.

If you are acne-prone,  touching your face can lead to breakouts. Acne is caused by excess oil, excess skin shedding and p. acnes bacteria, 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.

Touching can make the face more prone to breakouts or other conditions, again because it spreads bacteria and other bugs. The oil on your face sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands in a pore containing a hair follicle, though the hair itself may be imperceptible to the naked eye. The fingertips and pads of the hands have no hair follicles and thus no sebaceous glands. What you perceive as grease on your fingertips is actually perspiration. Touching may make your face feel greasier but it isn’t actually.

Hands aren’t the only ways to transfer germs.  Mobile phones are a huge carrier as are pillow cases or so make sure you wipe over your phone and change your pillow case regularly.

The proper technique to washing your hands is…

With mild soap in lukewarm water for 20 seconds at least,  It’s not a bad idea too to scrub under your nails with a nail brush doused in an anti-bacterial cleanser or soap once a day, again for a minimum of 20 seconds. If that irritates the skin on the back of your hands, just do it on the fingertips and nails.

Touching your face isn’t an easy thing to stop doing.

Gross yourself out. Think about something we touch every day like money. Now think about your own ready cash — about every germy person who has handled it and every disgusting place it’s been before it landed in your wallet. Well, touching your face is just like rubbing those filthy notes all over it. Touching your face leads to picking, and that’s never a good thing because it can cause permanent scarring.

Make sure you are wash your face with a cleanser every night before you go to bed, to wash away make up and any dirt and grease that has built up on your face over the day.