As I was sitting in class one day, the palm of my hand resting on my cheek, I began to look around at the people surrounding me. A lot of people were doing exactly what I was. I began to wonder what kind of bacteria was on my hands and if it was dangerous to my skin. What does touching my face actually do to my health?
We are all guilty of touching our faces. We itch, pick, and touch our faces constantly. The average person can touch their face up to 3000 times a day. But between touching our faces, we are also touching everything else, including doorknobs, desks, cellphones, and each other, which carries bacteria. The bacteria, dirt, and oils get onto our hands and eventually makes it way to our faces. The pores trap the objects and can make acne, blackheads, and whiteheads worse. However, if you stop touching your face, you may see a reduction on how much acne you get. You can also exfoliate to reduce the size of your pores, getting the disgusting bacteria out.
Touching your face can lead to something more serious than acne: illness. Touching your nose or mouth can spread any kind of bacterial infection, like a cold or the flu. And sometimes can’t be stopped with just washing your hands because any object that a sick person touched can be coated with the sick bacteria and if you touch it then touch your face, its more likely that you will get sick. If you scratch your face, you are allowing the bacteria to get under your skin to cause infection. But you can also be the cause of an infection; if you are sick, you can transmit the disease the same way you can pick it up.
There are ways to prevent getting more acne or getting sick and that is to stop touching your face. This is extremely difficult to do because it’s become somewhat of a habit. Ways to decrease it easily are to be aware of your hands and where they are, and to wash your hands frequently. The CDC says that the best way to wash your hands is to lather your hands with soap for 20 seconds paying attention to under your nails, and between your fingers. Touching our faces constantly isn’t something that we should continue doing, and if we do, it can lead to some unpleasant consequences.