Could chocolate and nuts be causing nightmarish breakouts? Do you need to keep washing your faces to prevent breakouts? Do people stop having spots after puberty?
There’s a lot of inaccurate information surrounding acne, its causes, and its treatment. Today, we’re discovering some truths about acne so you can protect your skin more effectively. Let’s get started!
Myth #1: Acne is Only for Teenagers
Teenagers get acne because of the hormonal changes in their bodies. After some time, it all clears up as the body balances out its chemical imbalance. But that doesn’t mean you’re safe from the occasional spot or breakout once you’re finished going through puberty.
Hormonal acne can affect people who are well into their 20s, 30s, and even 40s. Furthermore, if you have oily skin that gets clogged easily, you’re also likely to develop acne even if you’re well beyond your teenage years.
Myth #2: You Should Avoid Using Makeup
Some people mistakenly believe that makeup can aggravate cystic acne. However, this could not be farther from the truth. If you’re prone to acne, you can still wear makeup as long as you choose oil-free and non-comedogenic formulations. You can also use products formulated with zinc oxide and silica to keep excess oil at bay and to avoid clogging your pores.
Myth #3: Acne is Caused by Unclean Skin
Acne is caused by a combination of different factors including hormones, sebum production, accumulation of dead skin cells, and blocked hair follicles. It is not caused by dirt or poor hygiene so go easy on using facial cleansers. While these can help clear away excess sebum and kill of bacteria, over-cleansing can actually strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier which prevents further irritation.
Myth #4: Certain Food Makes Acne Worse
Go ahead, enjoy that piece of chocolate! There’s no specific food that will cause acne. Like any other thing that has to do with your diet, balance is the key. Eat lots of whole foods and keep junk food consumption minimal. But if you do want to indulge in your favorite candy bar or bag of chips, then don’t have second thoughts about it.
Myth #5: Acne is Contagious
While acne may be caused by bacteria, it is not contagious. It does not spread from person to person the way other bacterial infections do.
Myth #6: Exfoliating Often Can Help Get Rid of Acne
Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells from the skin and to bring newer and fresher cells to the surface. However, it’s enough to exfoliate once a week especially if you have acne-prone and oily skin. Overdoing exfoliation further irritates the skin which causes inflammation and sensitivity.
Myth #7: Squeezing and Popping Pimples Make Them Heal Faster
Resist the urge to pop and squeeze your pimples. No, they won’t heal faster. It’s more likely that the pimple will become more inflamed, red, and more painful than before. The bacteria can also travel inside a clogged pore and worsen the infection and lead to lasting acne scars.