As we go throughout our days doing our usual activities, we are all very aware of the infamous germs that are constantly reproducing in bathrooms, on door knobs, and public areas. We know that these bacteria, mixed with dirt and other irritants, can cause harm to our bodies and skin. However, we hardly ever stop to notice that our own personal belongings could be swarming with bacteria as well.
How your phone may be causing your skin problems
A prime example of an everyday object that we least suspect is our phones. We are constantly on our phones throughout the day during almost every activity - work, school, eating, exercising, and going out.
Sometimes we may forget to wash our hands after a meal, yet we still reach for our phones. At the gym, people wipe the sweat from their foreheads with their hands and continue to reach for exercise equipment. Meanwhile you are mindlessly picking up the same weights with your hands and also changing the song on your device. Then you get a phone call - and that is when the skin on your cheek comes in contact with all of the bacteria your phone has accumulated throughout the day. The humidity and air of Houston only makes the and contaminant issue worse.
It can’t only be my phone irritating my skin, right?
Another object you encounter everyday yet most likely overlook is your car’s steering wheel. We hardly consider just how dirty our steering wheel is but keep in mind that many of us eat while driving, we cough and sneeze and put our hands right back on it, or we simply just never think to clean it. It is also likely that you have had others drive your car and that multiplies the germs that can eventually make its way to your skin.
What should I do? I can’t just stop using my phone or car!
Remaining aware of these factors that may be contributing to your skin problems, such as acne, will help you find ways to prevent further spread of these bacteria to your skin. The main lesson to be learned is be mindful of your environment, especially if you are having skin problems. Here are some tips:
If your skin problems persist, schedule a visit with your dermatologist in Houston to further discuss ways to treat and prevent your skin from suffering.