You wash your makeup brushes but not these?! Here are some surprising items that may be causing your breakouts!

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Are you the kind of person who cleans your makeup brushes regularly but still experiencing breakouts? Here is a list of items you should clean regularly. Read on to find out where the bacteria-infested areas are!

1. Phone

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Be it an iPhone or Android phone, your phone screen retains a lot of bacteria from your fingers. You also leave them everywhere – from lunch table to work desk.

Why it causes breakouts:

Talking and texting without cleaning regularly causes bacteria build-up which leads to breakouts at the side of your cheeks.

How to minimise the problem:

Microfiber cloth


Use a microfiber cloth to clean your screen protector regularly. Lazada retails microfiber cloths in bulk at SGD10.51, get it here. You can also use an anti-bacterial wipe to go over your phone regularly. Alternatively, try to use an earpiece when having a phone call instead.

2. Your bangs

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While bangs are useful at hiding blemishes on the forehead, it also accumulates oil from the face and hair and suffocates the skin at the forehead and temples.

Why it causes breakouts:

Suffocation and excessive contact between your bangs and skin will lead to overproduction of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. At the hairline, hair follicles get clogged and blemishes form. If you already have pimples on your forehead but use your bangs for coverage, you’re actually making your skin oilier!

How to minimise the problem:

There are a few ways this issue can be hindered without having to change your hairdo. One way would be to pin up your bangs when you’re at home or braid it when you’re out to get a chic look (see above for a tutorial)! Another way would be to use no-shine spray and to clean your forehead and temples regularly with an oil blotter throughout the day.

3. Sponges that come with your makeup products


We’re referring to the sponges and applicators that come with your foundation and blushes.

Why it causes breakouts:

With regular use but rare cleaning, a lot of residue will build up and will remain there. This will generate bacteria in the long term. With more bacteria on your face, clogged pores can get inflamed, leading to the appearance of pimples.

How to minimise the problem:

Clean your sponges regularly with a cleansing liquid. You can make your own using baby wash and warm water, check out a tutorial here.

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