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Why you should avoid touching your face

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hearing a lot from professionals about not touching the face. Coronavirus transmission can occur when patients have touched an infected surface and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. This allows the virus to enter into the body and result in the development of the Coronavirus. However, there are other reasons why patients should avoid touching the face. Men and women with conditions such as acne may find that face touching can make their condition worse. Touching the face and skin in general is not good for a patient’s skin, and here’s why: touching the face throughout the day can spread oil, dirt, and bacteria that can contribute to poor skin conditions such as acne. Additionally, patients should avoid popping pimples as this can result in the development of acne scars and increased risk of infection.

How can I avoid touching my face?

Touching your face often happens without you realizing it. But here are a few tips for breaking the habit:

  • Keep the hands occupied. If your hands are busy, you are less likely to touch your face. Drawing, knitting, or typing can keep the hands working and away from the face.
  • Wear gloves. During the COVID-19 crisis, people are urged to wear protective gear. If you use gloves properly, not only are you stopping the spread, but it can be a great reminder to avoid touching the face.
  • Ask for help. Anyone who lives with your or works with you can help catch you “in the act” to make you more aware of how often you are touching your face. Employing help from your friends and family is a wonderful solution for those who don’t even realize they’re touching their face throughout the day.
  • Learn more about how to care for your skin

If you live in the area of Key West or Islamorada, Florida and are interested in learning more about skincare solutions, now is the time to connect with the team at Keys Dermatology. Our providers are available to help with this and other skin concerns. Call (305) 664-8828 or schedule a virtual video visit by clicking on our online form page to make a request. We are here for you during this time and can assist with a wide range of dermatological needs.

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