We all do it—touching our face with our hands. Whether it's rubbing our eyes, scratching an itch, or simply absentmindedly touching our cheek, we touch our face throughout the day. Unfortunately, this habit can have serious consequences. From spreading germs to annoying skin breakouts, here's why you should stop touching your face.
Spread of Germs
Touching your face with dirty hands can transfer bacteria and viruses from your hands to your face, leading to the spread of illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends not touching your face to help prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of getting sick.
The skin on our face is more sensitive than on other parts of our body. When you touch your face, your hands can transfer bacteria or oil to your face, leading to skin breakouts like acne. By reducing the amount you touch your face, you can reduce the risk of skin breakouts.
Make It Difficult
One way to break the habit of touching your face is to make it harder to do. Wear a face mask or glasses, which can make it more difficult for your hands to reach your face. If you catch yourself touching your face, move your hands away and remind yourself not to touch your face.