Do Phones Cause Acne?

Here's a horrifying fact: Cell phones can carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Yep, you read that right. Because our devices are constantly being handled and rarely (if ever) cleaned, they are a breeding ground for all types of germs (via Live Science). While the bacteria on our cell phones can be problematic if transferred to your eyes, nose, or mouth, it's something else on the surface of your smartphone that could be causing breakouts.

It's actually the sweat, oils, and makeup residue that can contribute to clogging our pores. Dermatologist Dr. Estee Williams told HuffPost, "If there's a lot of buildup on the phone, theoretically that can clog your pores and that sort of plugging of the pores can trigger acne, but not because of the bacteria," she said.

Yes, your phone could be responsible for your breakouts

Though your cell phone might not be solely responsible for your skin problems, if your breakouts are in a cluster on one side of your face, your iPhone is likely to blame.

Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler told Refinery29, "If your phone is pressed up against your face for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to perspiration, irritation, and blocking of your pores. Essentially, all of the dirt and grime that is not only on your phone but on your face gets trapped and pushed down into the skin, which can lead to breakouts."

A way to prevent breakouts from your phone is to clean your device regularly with rubbing alcohol. If you use your cell phone frequently, try cleaning your skin immediately after use. Women's Health also suggests using headphones, and doing your best to avoid pressing your phone to your face with any pressure.

Who knew acne was just one more way your cell phone was bad for your health?