Popular myths about acne


Acne is no fun. Be it on the face, back, chest or shoulders. At a point in everyone’s lives, they have to deal with this skin problem. Though a couple of persons grow out of acne after their teens, there are others who have to deal with this even into adulthood.

Acne, being one of the most common skin conditions, has sent a millions of people on a solution finding task as to how to manage acne problems; or even find answers to their acne problems.

There are different types of acne, and for each, there is a different treatment. Ranging from common treatments to bizarre natural and miracle treatments. People are almost more than willing to try anything that can help them treat their acne. However, some of these causes and cures are not even real.

In this article, we are going to debunk some of the myths about acne, so you know what to look out for while treating your acne.

Ten Myths about Acne

  • Chocolate causes acne

Most people have been made to believe that chocolates can cause acne breakouts. But, there are just a few evidences that can correlate this ‘belief’. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contains very high antioxidant levels that can help combat the free radicals that can damage your skin. What this means is that the problem is sugar, not chocolate.

  • Face Masks are always good for the skin

Not all DIY treatments are good for your skin. This is why you have to proceed with caution. That is why, it is very important you conduct a small patch test on your skin first before using the mask. Some masks can worsen acne and when these facemasks are used often, they can cause serious breakouts. When using harsh ingredients like cinnamon and lemon, you must use the exact measurements. And make sure you don’t use these masks more than once a week.

  • Tanning is good for acne

Many people believe that sunshine creates enough Vitamin D in the body to reduce skin. However prolonged sun exposure causes severe skin damage.

The risk of cancer and premature aging far outweighs the benefit of a temporary tan. It can also dry out skin, which can make the pores over compensate by producing more oil. Heed your doctor’s warning and steer clear of the sun.

·         Sunscreen causes acne

Not all sunscreens cause acne. Older sunscreens contain oil and fragrances that can irritate the skin and clog pores, but new brands of sunscreen don’t. When looking for a skin-friendly sunscreen, look for brands that are free from oil, fragrance and PABA.

Exfoliation is good for acne

If you are treating body acne, this may be useful. The skin on your back, neck and chest is thicker, but the skin on your face is sensitive and thinner. Harsh exfoliates irritate and dry skin, causing dryness and more acne. Stick to gentle face washes and gently dab your face afterward.

Moisturizers cause acne

Like sunscreen, not all moisturizers cause acne. If you are acne prone, stick to night and day creams that are water based instead of oil based. These moisturizes retain natural oils without clogging pores.

Hair products don’t cause acne

If you have long hair that rests on your shoulders, neck and back, the products you use can cause acne. Petroleum byproducts and sulphates aggravate acne. Use products without these chemicals and always keep your hair in a clip while the conditioner sets.

Makeup worsens acne

There is much debate as to whether makeup is the cause of acne. The argument against makeup usually derives from how it clogs pores. However the problem may not be makeup but the type of makeup you use.

There is no one-size-fits-all makeup that doesn’t irritate skin. Skin-friendly makeup like mineral sis praised by dermatologists.

In fact, some dermatologists prefer foundation as a means of protecting the skin from sun. They key is to wash off makeup every day. Use a gently makeup remover to wash skin and be especially sensitive to the area around the eyes.

Washing your face clears acne

When it comes to acne, it’s not about washing your face as much as it is about how you wash your face.

Your skin is sensitive, so harsh rubbing will irritate and dry out skin, which can make acne worse. Prevent this issue by washing the face lightly with lukewarm water and dabbing the face gently with a washcloth after.

Popping pimples makes acne disappear

Don’t succumb to the temptation of popping your pimples. Popping pimples is a short term solution that causes a long term issue.

This habit damages pores and skin tissue and ultimately causes scars. No matter how big or how small the breakout the scars add up. Instead treat the breakout with a localized skin treatment issued by a dermatologist to clear the skin.


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