How can touching my skin affect my acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Touching your skin often can cause acne or make it worse. Acne is caused by excess sebum (oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Constantly touching your skin deposits more oil and bacteria from your fingers to your skin. If you are acne-prone, have a hands-off policy -- no fingers on your face. Acne is the most common skin disorder and causes red pimples on the face, neck, shoulders, and back. It can be treated with good skin care and a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications. Avoid any activities such as constant touching and rubbing your skin that may irritate it and make acne worse.

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