Is Your Hand Cream Causing Your Skin To Break Out?


When I was in my early 20s and had outgrown most of my teenage breakouts, I started getting these little bumps on the right side of my face. They weren’t blemishes, but rather little whiteheads and closed comedones under the skin, giving my skin a bumpy texture. What was weird is that it was only on one side of the face. I hadn’t been using anything new, and certainly anything I had been using was applied to both sides of my face.

Through my detective work, I discovered that what was causing this problem was my recent use of hand cream before bedtime. It was during the winter when temperatures were at an all-time low and really taking their toll on my hands. Since I sleep on my right side with my hands on my face, the oils in my hand cream clogged up my skin, giving it these annoying bumps…

So the next time your head hits the pillow, pay attention to see if your hands make their way up to your face! If so, wear cotton gloves at night.

Have bumps on your skin and they won’t go away? They might be little skin growths that come with age. Read: What Are These Bumps On My Skin?

Read: Five Skin Care Tips To Reduce Acne, Cysts And Blemishes

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”