Judging by statistics, you are probably touching your face as you read this article — the average person touches their face more than three times an hour, according to a 2013 study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. That’s enough to make even the slightest germaphobe squirm.
Most people are aware that you can catch a cold via touching your face. But another real danger to this can be picking up acne-causing bacteria like Propionibacterium Acnes and depositing it directly on your face. This bacterium has been found to be lurking in common public areas like subway seats and door handles, all too easy to catch onto a body part and be transferred to your porous skin.
When P. Acnes reaches your face, it hides deep in your pores and feeds on a waxy oil produced there called sebum. Not only is it the job of sebum to reduce water loss from the skin’s surface and also attribute to body odor, but it is also colonized by the bacterium (P. Acnes), causing it to multiply and inflame your skin, creating pimples.
So the question remains, how to get rid of it?
Startlingly, using a gentle cleanser often isn’t enough to get rid of heavy infections of Propionibacterium Acnes that thrive deep down near the bases of your pores. A common treatment for such situations is to prescribe antibiotics like doxycycline or tetracycline, which kill off many strains of both beneficial and harmful bacteria in your body, hopefully including your acne-causing target. Some acne sufferers have also gotten relief from essential oils like Tea Tree and Thyme, which are toxic to P. Acnes.
Becoming conscious of what you put in contact with your face will greatly improve your ability to control unwanted blemishes or pimples that pop up unannounced. Minor actions such as touching your face as you lean on your computer, using dirty, clogged makeup brushes to apply yet more pore-clogging material, not washing your pillowcases regularly, and being unaware of what is in your cleansers, all attribute to unhealthy skin. Not to mention your diet and stress levels.
While many of these are personal actions you can take (no, we will not be cleaning your pillowcases for you), cleaning your makeup brushes is an easily adoptable solution with help from a small dose of EarthBorn Makeup Brush Cleaner. To learn more about the products you support and consume, The Environmental Working Group has a great website where you can search for nearly any product or brand, and they will list all its ingredients and their adverse side affects, leaving you to make the change.