A quick look around will tell you that everyone is beyond obsessed with technology. From selfies on the street to scrolling through the latest viral article, we are permanently starring at a screen.  But did you know that every time you talk, text and workout you are putting your skin at risk? Acne and skin irritants are just a couple of the negative side-effects from technology overuse. Read below, to hear how- to combat this matter.

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Offender: Keyboards

While you are furiously typing to meet your latest deadline, your keyboard is being infiltrated and housing all types of bacteria. Your fingertips are covered with natural oils, so every time you touch your keyboard then your face you are putting bacteria causing oils onto your skin aka creating the perfect breeding ground for a new pimple to take up real-estate on your face.

Solution: Take a toothbrush soaked in rubbing alcohol to scrub tops and in between keys.  However, if you just can’t keep your hands off your face it is time to seek professional help like KUR Skin Lab’s Acne Control Treatment. KUR is a boutique anti-aging skin care and body wellness destination offering the best science-based personalized treatments.  Their acne controls treatment are tough on acne yet gentle on the skin.  Each treatment is customized to the needs of the individual and will effectively and immediately start to even skin- tone, clear existing breakouts, control sebum production and prevent future breakouts.

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Offender: Cellphones/ Headphones

Cellphones carry more bacteria than a toilet seat (yikes), and if you don’t believe us just think about how filthy your screen and headphones were after your last workout. We had the founder of Renee Rouleau Skincare and celebrity esthetician, Renee Rouleau, further explain how your favorite device is flaring up your breakouts. “Cell phones are not the cause of breakouts (the cause is way more complicated than this), but they can potentially make acne worse because adding additional bacteria to already infected blemishes can exacerbate them.”

Solution: “Keeping your cell phone clean is a must! Dirty phones can potentially make acne worse due to the presence of bacteria.  To lessen the healing time for breakouts, it is important that you wipe down your phone daily to avoid unnecessary bacteria from getting onto the skin. Take a wet wipe that does not contain alcohol or bleach (since they may damage your screen or the plastic) and wipe the phone thoroughly. Repeat daily or as necessary.”

Offender: Fitness Trackers:

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Yes, it is amazing that your fitness tracker can tell you your calories burned and ideal heart rate, but all that hard earned sweat can be causing irritation to your skin. Just like other devices, your favorite Fitbit is housing dirt and bacteria. With continuous use, the device will deposit bacteria on your skin and cause breakouts as well as other skin irritants like rashes, redness and dryness.

Solution: Never soak your band and avoid using dish and body soaps. Instead, use a gentle cleanser, rubbing alcohol and  a soft toothbrush to remove stains and product build-up like sunscreen. Always let it dry completely before next use.

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