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Are your Beats headphones giving you acne?

10th April 2015

Many things can lead to breakouts of acne, but most of us wouldn't have put listening to music on our headphones near the top of that list. The unfortunate truth is that the increasingly popular ‘over the ear’ types, which are getting even larger thanks to current trends, can not only give you chilled vibes all day, but contribute to your acne. 

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This is caused by the headphones pressing down on the skin and keeping it warmer, which is a perfect place for bacteria to grow. The headphones themselves will also pick up the bacteria, putting them back in contact with your skin, even if you wash regularly. This sticky situation can be exacerbated if you use your headphones when you go jogging or to the gym, as they help pool all that sweat in one germ-friendly location. 

Fortunately, the cure is pretty simple. Once you've finished your activity or listening to your tunes, give those headphones a good rub down with some anti-bacterial wipes and allow them to dry out before you next use them.

This is also the perfect excuse to own several pairs, as you can use them in rotation while one set is drying. Make sure to pay special attention when washing your face to the areas where your headphones were (around the ears and down the jawline).

The anti-bacterial wipes will get rid of the yeast and bugs that cause acne, and prevent your headphones from getting smelly through constant use. It's a good idea to wipe down your smartphone too, which is often glued to our faces for extended periods of chat. Keep wiping them down to reduce the risk of acne. Following these tips should help keep those spots at bay.

If this doesn’t do anything to reduce your acne, it is unlikely to be the cause and you should consult a dermatologist for advice.

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