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It's easy to fall pray to touching your face throughout the day. Leaning your chin on your hand or brushing your hair away from your face seem harmless enough. In reality, however, they can lead to acne breakouts. This is because any touching pushes the oils at the surface of your skin back into the pore, increasing the likelihood of a clog.

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To make matters worse, it's not just your hands touching your face, but anything that rubs or squeezes your skin. Continual rubbing of the skin causes the skin to thicken, which can close off the opening of the pore and prevent the oil from coming to the surface. Anything that squeezes the skin can cause the pore duct to narrow, again inhibiting the oil from getting to the surface. So if you are suffering from breakouts, be wary of things that touch your face, including your hands, cell phone, bangs, or sweatband.

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