Our cell phones are one of our dirtiest possessions. Cell phones have been found to be contaminated 93% of the time with infective bacteria (Badr, Badr, & Ali, 2012). Considering that our faces come into direct contact with these devices several times a day, there is little wonder how the bacteria transmitted can cause acne breakouts in response.
To avoid cell phone acne here are some tips to follow:
- Use a head phone set to talk on your cell phone. This way your face has no contact with the bacteria laden device.
- Wipe down your cell phone daily or at least weekly with an antibacterial wipe.
- Avoid pressing the cell phone too firmly to your face. The extra pressure pushes dirt and bacteria into your skin and creates heat and moisture build-up which bacteria thrive in.
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