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5 Common Things That Are Destroying Your Skin

One of the most frustrating skin care struggles is when you improve your skincare routine and don't see results. If you have been using your dermatologist-approved regimen for weeks but still aren’t seeing any changes, there could be other reasons that you’re dissatisfied with your skin. Some of the simplest causes of problem-skin may be hiding in your makeup drawer and ultimately affecting your road to glowing, radiant skin. Keep a careful eye for these little things that could be the secret to having flawless skin.

1. Your Hands 

“There are a lot of different causes for blemishes and pimples but particularly: bacteria, excess oil and anything that contributes to clogging your skin,” says Dr. Schultz. “The reality is that anything that touches or rubs your skin will contribute towards increased clogging.”

Just your hand touching your skin while you’re watching television or working can make a direct impact on your skin. The excess oil from your hands can rub into your skin and increase breakouts on your face. Try to avoid touching your face unless it is necessary and if you must, make sure to have clean hands.

2. Your Makeup Brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Since your brushes touch your skin in good time and bad, keeping them clean can keep your pores clean of product build-up. The best way to clean your brushes is to dip them in warm, soapy water and blot them until there is no product remaining on the brush. Having clean brushes will also help with easier, more flawless makeup application.

3. Your Makeup Sponge 

The versatile makeup sponge applicator is a beauty must-have, making it easier to apply foundation or any base makeup. But with a great applicator, comes great skin care responsibility. Your makeup sponge can harbor bacteria and dirt, which can result in major breakouts. The best recommendation we have is to replace your applicator sponge every other month. 

4. Your Pillowcase 

Removing your makeup and cleansing your face before bed are both important steps, but making sure to regularly clean your pillowcases will also help with potential blemishes. Leftover dirt and grime get trapped in the fibers of your pillowcase and transmit to your skin while you sleep. Avoid using detergent or fabric softener with fragrances, as the waxy substance in them can heavily clog pores.  

5. Your Cell Phone 

In the same way that touching your face can increase breakouts, holding your phone to your face can do the same. The bacteria from your phone and the excess oil from your face get rubbed deeper into your skin while you talk on the phone for hours. Try to keep phone calls to a minimum, try headphones, or make sure to keep your phone as clean as possible.

The best way to fight these common skin hazards: keep up a skin care regimen for your sin type. Dr. Schultz recommends using a cleanser, toner, sunscreen and moisturizer every morning. In the evening, he recommends cleanser, toner, exfoliant, antioxidant and moisturizer. Find the right skincare regimen for you with help from Dr. Schultz. 

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