As many as 50 million of us develop acne each year, so what about the millions who maintain a flawless complexion year-round? What do they know or do that we don’t? Lots, as it turns out.
They never skip a face-wash
Wondering how to prevent acne? You might start by considering your choice of skin cleanser and how often you use it, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research and assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York City. “While having acne does not mean that you are dirty, washing your face has been shown in studies to improve the appearance of acne,” he says. Using a gentle skin cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin can help maintain a healthy skin barrier. ” The key is to actually wash your face. Every. Single. Night. Skipping your daily face wash regimen, he adds, may lead to breakouts as dirt, oil, and makeup can block your pores.
They clean their smartphones
Don’t freak out, but your phone screen is way dirtier than you think. “Studies have shown that your cell phone is dirtier than a public toilet,” Dr. Zeichner says. “If you are not cleaning it regularly with an alcohol swab and it rubs against your face, you may be transferring that dirt to the skin, which combined with friction, may promote breakouts,” he says. Texas-based dermatologist Ted Lain, MD, adds. “Plastering a phone to your cheek for minutes on end could lead to not only occlusion of the pores, but also infection and then acne,” he says.
They never touch their face
Frequent face-touching can cause breakouts, Dr. Zeichner says. “Leaning on your palm during the day can create friction against the skin, create inflammation and actually transfer dirt and oil that may get trapped in your pores,” he says. The solution? Don’t do it.