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Why You Should Stop Touching Your Face

Healthy Tip: Don't Touch Your Face

Since it's cold and flu season, we're all trying hard not to get sick. One of the best ways to prevent catching a virus is to wash your hands often, because the germs on your hands make their way into your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth, giving you the cold or the flu. We all know that it's impossible to keep your hands perfectly germ-free all day long, so as an extra measure, keep your hands away from your face.

If you just caught yourself touching your face as you read this, don't worry, you're not alone. A study found that people touch their faces on average 16 times an hour, often unconsciously. All that face touching coupled with your daily trek through public spaces, whether it's the gym, the bus, or the mall, can lead to an unhappy, sniffly cold and flu season spent largely in your bed.

While remembering to not touch your face may be easy in thought, it can be hard in practice. Read on for some strategies to help you stop touching your face.

To reduce your chances of getting sick, avoid holding your head with your hand while staring at your computer screen, and refrain from applying lip balm with your finger. If you find that you touch your face at your desk a lot, write a note that you can stick to your monitor to help you remember to stop. Use floss instead of your fingernail to remove food from your teeth, and remember not to rub your eyes. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly first.

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Maggie-Brown Maggie-Brown 7 years
Ya know, I didn't know about the touching face thing either until my pre-school started a new program called Germy Wormy. It was great for my daughter and I learned new things as well. Agree though - it is hard to stop the face touching habit. My daughter catches me at it all the time.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I try not to touch my face whenever possible. At work, it's not that hard because I wear gloves all the time and I don't even feel tempted to touch my face with them on. Like tlsgirl, I didn't stop touching my face to stop from getting sick, I stopped because I used to have really bad skin and transferring the bacteria from my hands to my face was making me break out really bad.
kia kia 7 years
Touching my face is a habit I have been working on breaking for a while. I was on a serious germaphobe campaign (without antibacterial crap) last year and have made great progress since then.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
I try to stay up on it especially when I'm out and touching diffrent things.
crystalm07 crystalm07 7 years
I am terrible at not touching my face! Idk why cause I have such sensitive skin and have always been told not to cause it will make it worse but its like a compulsive behavior...blah.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
Funny, I was touching my face when I first saw this post, ha! AND, I'm getting sick. Oh boy!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I'm with you, I rarely really touch my face but more for germs and such and my skin not so much as far as getting sick...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I actually stopped touching my face for another reason, because my mom told me when I was younger that it would make my skin worse (I had bad breakouts), but it's worked well enough to keep me from doing it.
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