We all know that irritation can aggravate acne. This is most assuredly not a myth. It’s a widely accepted, and quite frankly, obvious truth to many of us who pay close attention to it. For instance, pretty much every time I get sick or have bad allergies, I will break out around my nose because I blow my nose so much, thus irritating the skin around that area. Also, pretty much every time I wear a tight hat for more than a day I will get little breakouts around my hair line where the hat squeezes into my skin.
We can’t avoid irritation altogether, but simply becoming aware of it helps empower us to keep as clear as we can. The list I currently have on Acne.org regarding irritation includes:
- tight hats
- resting your face in your hands
- helmets and chin straps
- cell phones
I think we can come up with a more filled out list however. Here are the ones I’m going to add. Please reply with your suggestions as well.
- frequent nose blowing
- trying on clothes (the collars can rub against your face as you put them on and take them off)