Beauty

Four Little Things You Probably Didn't Know Could Make You Less Pimple Prone

You’ll want to wipe down that phone screen real quick…

We all know how to combat the key pimple culprits: a great skincare routine, properly removing makeup and steering clear of sugary foods. Yet, there are still many people who seem to break out in blemishes even after taking these precautions. Seems unfair, right?
Well it turns out that there are a few other causes creeping about which could be triggering your break-outs.
Here are 4 quick fixes (that you probably hadn't thought about) to try and combat those flareups.

1. Be Careful When Applying Hair Care

New York-based aesthetician Jill Kibildis told Harper's Bazaar that styling products can be to blame for breakouts around your hairline. Kibildis said: "Most women don't even consider this, but the hair product in your hair is rubbing against your face during the day and if you don't shower at night, it's rubbing against your skin while you sleep." And while your shampoo is meant to clean your hair, it can actually work against you. If not washed off properly, foaming ingredients, such as sodium laureth sulphate, can attract bacteria to your skin. The oil in a conditioner can also be responsible for blocked pores. A good habit to get into is to wash your face after washing your hair to clear any extra product off your face.

2. Clean Your Phone Screen

Think about how often, and when exactly, you touch your phone. Almost all the time right? Putting your phone to your face can transfer any pore-clogging dirt, or bacteria, that is living on your phone screen straight on to your skin, as dermatologist Joshua Zeichner told Cosmo. Luckily, there's a quick fix to this and you likely have it in your bag already. Clean your phone screen with an antibacterial wipe daily, and avoid holding your phone to your face as often as you can.

3. Wash Your Pillowcase More Often

Your face accumulates grime during the day– so when you lay down on your pillow at night, any dirt or sebum that has been living on your skin will transfer to your pillow. This is especially bad if you aren't in the habit of washing your face at night. And until it's washed, your pillow case is collecting this bacteria, as well as dead skin cells, and contaminating your skin. Disgusting, we know. Get in the habit of washing your pillowcases every one to two weeks to avoid any build-up. You could also try a silk pillowcase, which helps keep facial oil in our skin, rather than it absorbing into the natural fibres pillow cases are typically made from.

4. Cleaning Your Hands

We know, it's a pretty simple one, and sounds like something a parent would tell their toddler, but when you think about what your hands touch on a daily basis, you'll start to apply hand sanitiser in five minute intervals. Your hands produce natural oils, and as you touch your face throughout the day, you are transferring that oil to your skin each time. Not to mention the germs that you collect from all the bus handles you touch, computer keyboards you use and food you eat, you going to want to wash that dirt and bacteria off quick smart before touching your face again.
If you're already doing these things religiously (go you) and you're still dealing with bad acne, you might want to try tailoring your skincare routine to your exact needs. As you probably know, skincare products aren't made with one person in mind — they're appealing to the masses. This often means that what works for one person might not work for you, which is why personalised skincare is having a huge moment right now.
One of the most talked about at the minute is Software Skin, which is a brand that connects you to an online doctor so you can access prescription-grade skincare. Its customisable formulas use active ingredients like retinoids and azelaic acid to treat all kinds of skin concerns — one of the biggest being acne, making it perfect for anyone looking to shake up their routine.