If gobs of evidence on the health dangers of smoking haven’t yet convinced you to kick butt, perhaps vanity will be the motivation you’ve been looking for. According to a report in the British Journal of Dermatology, smokers are four times as likely to suffer from adult acne than non-smokers. Of the 1,000 participants, women between the ages of 25 and 50, 42 percent of smokers had acne, while only 10 percent of non-smokers showed any signs of adult acne. Doctors have long known that smoking severely damages skin by weakening its elasticity, along with a slew of other negative effects. This study suggests that cigarette smoke may also clog pores, which contributes to acne. Check out the mind-blowing ways your body starts to heal after you quit smoking.
Sleeping on dirty sheets
Conventional wisdom dictates washing your sheets weekly, but if you’ve got clogged pores, you might want to do it more often. Pillowcases and bed sheets can easily harbor a buildup of oil, dirt, and dead skin, which transfers back to your skin at night, clogging pores and causing blemishes. “You want your sheets to be clean and not clogging your pores,” says Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology. “Washing bed sheets can make a difference, especially if you are a sweater.” Consider switching out your pillowcase at the very least, at least every three days. Use these laundry hacks to make it faster and easier.