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how to avoid acne from causing bacteria overgrowth?

Did you know that some of our daily activities may casue bacteria overgrowth that leads to acne?

How to avoid acne from causing bacteria overgrowth:

Glasses should regularly be cleaned. If left uncleaned, unwanted sebum and skin residue will begin to collect.

Don't go to sleep with makeup on. Only use makeup that is noncomedogenic or acnegenic - you should be able to read this on the label. If you cannot find it, ask the shopkeeper or pharmacist. You should only use makeup that is oil-free so that it does not clog up the pores.

Wear loose clothing. Your skin needs to breathe. If your acne is on your back, shoulders or chest, try wearing loose clothing. Tight garments, such as headbands, caps, and scarves should be avoided - if you have to wear them make sure they are cleaned regularly.

Try to refrain from touching your face. If facial contact is necessary, always wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. This includes before applying lotions, creams or makeup.

Keep your hair clean and away from your face. Hair collects sebum and skin residue. 

Clean your devices. Frequently used devices such as headphones are with us in the office, at the gym, on public transport, and almost everywhere we go. Sometimes we forget to clean it before use and it leads to the growth of acne bacteria. When you are on the phone, try to maintain a distance between your device and your face - there may be bacteria, sebum and skin residue on it. Alternatively, you can clean your phone regularly after use.

Gently pat your cleansed face with a soft and clean towel. Rubbing your face with a towel can trigger acne, especially if the towel is already contaminated with bacteria, yeast, or fungi, and if the towel is abrasive and causes skin irritation. Switch to a soft washcloth instead and clean it regularly. 

Clean the inside of your hat/helmet. Have you noticed that your forehead is the spot that has frequent breakouts? What you regularly put on your head—whether that’s a bike helmet, fedora or a baseball cap— might also be bad for the skin of your face. Just wipe down the inside of your cap/hat/helmet with rubbing alcohol after each use or toss the cap in the washing machine once a week to get rid of bacteria and keep your forehead clear of acne.

Change your pillow cases. Bacteria tends to build up if we do not change our pillow cases frequently. Pillows hold on to a variety of the worst facial microorganisms throughout the course of the night, progressively getting worse with every sleep. If we do not wash our face before going to bed, the oils that get picked up by your pillow case is worse. Without us knowing, pillows takes up unwanted oils and microorganisms, causing unhealthy stress on our skin.

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