With nearly half the US population suffering from some form of acne, its safe to say that acne is no longer just a teenage concern anymore. And with acne breakouts being so prevalent, acne treatment has become one of the most important facets of skincare and a main concern of every dermatologist Murray Hill has in practice. When it comes to acne, we are often cautioned against food choices like chocolate or greasy burgers, and while these things are common, there are a lot more things we do and use on a daily basis that may be triggering our acne breakouts – no matter of age or gender. According to Dr. Ritu Saini, the top dermatologist Murray Hill has to offer, acne issues are often caused by a sum of different contributory factors, rather than just one individual cause. And in many instances, making changes in your lifestyle habits can prove to be a valuable substitute for invasive procedures, or topical treatments. To better help you understand the causes behind your acne breakouts, here are a few of the most common daily triggers that you probably weren’t aware of.
· Your Cellphone and Other Electronics
In today’s digital world, smartphones are an essential part of everyday life. And for better or worse, most of us probably couldn’t survive without them, at least not anymore. Considering that are phone are almost always in our hands and being exposed to the outside world of germs and elements, the screens are almost always picking up dirt and debris from the environment. And as a result, when they are pressed against our faces during a call, they can transfer these foreign bacteria, that otherwise would never make contact with our face. This is vital to the health of your skin and overall health. As the top dermatologist Murray Hill has to offer, Dr. Saini recommends her patients wipe their phone screens with alcohol upwards of 2-3 times a week, in order to keep them dirt and bacteria-free. According to some studies, scientists have found some of the craziest germs and bacteria on the phones of New Yorkers, from fecal matter to E.Coli and staph infection bacteria.
· Your Sheets and Pillowcase
The fact is that we spend upwards of a third of our lives in bed, and for those 8 hours every night, there is a lot of dirt, germs, and dead skin cells being transferred onto your pillowcase. And with your head pressed firmly onto your pillowcase for those sleeping hours, you are essentially exposing your skin to this dirt and bacteria on a nightly basis, over and over again. It is vital to change your pillowcase and sheets often and as much as possible. In the event you can’t, we recommend placing a clean towel or even a t-shirt on top of it before bed.
· Sleeping with Makeup
This is something women, and some men have probably heard all their lives, but maybe not for the right reasons. The fact is that sleeping with your makeup on is a huge irritant to your skin and even the best makeup will hinder your skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself and clog your pores overnight. The night is when our body replenishes, and it needs to be able to breath to do so. When your skin can’t breath is simply stays stagnant, and in conjunction with the irritation, clogged pores, and overall inflammation caused by your makeup – acne breakouts are bound to happen. The top dermatologist Murray Hill has practicing, Dr. Ritu Saini recommends using a quality, fragrance-free, set of makeup-removal wipes by your bedside, so even on those late nights when you forget to wash your face, you can easily reach over and wipe away your makeup.
· Picking, Popping, and Squeezing
While there definitely is a time and a place for excising your blackheads and whiteheads, it is important to understand that constantly poking at your acne bumps will not make them go away and will actually make them worse. In reality, the constant touching of your face is far more likely to irritate the skin more than it already might be, and irritated skin will cause more and more breakouts. Also, it is likely that your fingers are coated with some foreign bacteria that will cause even m Overly popping pimples, can often cause them to leave permanent scars and lesions on the face that may require surgery or lasers to remove.
When it comes to acne treatment there are a number of different options out there, but the trick is to avoid common triggers and not make your skin worse than it might already be. For more information on acne treatment or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Saini Today.