None of us like to admit to it, but we all do it. Usually when we’re alone. Behind closed doors. In the bathroom or bedroom. If you’ve got it bad, you’ll even sneak it in during work when your boss isn’t looking.
No, I’m not talking about anything dirty. Geez. Get your mind out of the gutter!
I’m talking about touching your darn face!
We all know we shouldn’t do it. Our hands are chock-full of all sorts of not-so-lovely germs. . .and when we touch our face, we’re giving the bacteria living on our fingers–the very same bacteria that cause breakouts–a fun new playground to multiply in. There’s a reason your grandma always told you not to touch your face. Marie Claire even called it a cardinal sin. Ever notice that you tend to break out on your cheeks or chin? Well…it’s probably because you touch your darn face!
Are you a member of Face Toucher’s Anonymous? These five tips might help:
- Use a scented lotion on your hands. Every time you catch a whiff of the lotion (I’m partial to this Satsuma Puree Lotion by The Body Shop), remind yourself that you shouldn’t be touching your dang face!
- Keep your hands busy. I often touch my face unconsciously. It’ll often be a good five (or more!) minutes before I even realize that I’m touching my face. For me, the most effective tip is to give my hands something better to do! A pencil works (my fingers can twirl it.) A piping-hot mug of coffee (from which I can take mindless sips) is even better. Give your hands something–anything!–to twirl, twiddle, or tap. Anything to keep those darned fingers off your face.
- Get a hair-tie. Wear it around your wrist. This is an age-old trick because it works. In the morning, put a hair-tie around your wrist. Every time you catch yourself touching your face, give yourself a snap. Pretty soon, you’ll be conditioned to not touch your face. (This one has also worked quite well for me.)
- Wear gloves. If you’ve got it bad, try wearing gloves! You don’t have to wear them all the time. Try wearing them when you’re alone or during other times that you’re usually prone to picking at or touching your face.
- Hydrocolloid bandages. This tip is especially useful if you’re touching/picking at your face because of a large, deep-under-the-skin zit. Hydrocolloid bandages work by bringing the pus to the surface, where it is much easier to drain. (Note: only drain it when there is visible pus under the skin. Trying to dig the pus out before it’s visible can lead to scarring.) Just stick it on and leave it for at least six to eight hours. Presto! No more giant pimple (and no more craters left from endless picking.) I’ve used this one by Nexcare with great success.
Got any other tips? Share it in the comments!