Can you tell acne myths from reality?
If you’ve had any problems with acne or pimples, you might have noticed that there are a lot information out there about this. And consequently, also a lot of mis-information.
It’s always best to know what’s true and what’s not. You’ll discover 6 common myths about acne and what’s the truth behind them.
Scroll down to find out now!
1. You'll eventually outgrow acne! It's only a teenager's problem..
Well this one is partially true. Men can outgrow acne, because after puberty their hormone levels level out.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for women. If you’re a woman, your hormone levels fluctuate throughout your lifetime.
So the truth is not everyone who has acne as a teenager will grow out of it. And even if you’ve had clear skin as a teenager, you might get acne later in life (perhaps during menopause).
2. Greasy food like chocolate or fries cause acne
The truth is eating greasy food has little to no effect on your acne. Just because you’ve had oil in your diet does not mean that the oil can make its way from your intestine to your skin.
However, don’t go away thinking that you can eat whatever and that it has no effect on your skin. What you eat can and does affect your skin. Research has linked foods with high glycemic load (simple sugars and refined carbs like bread, white rice, etc) to breakouts. Hormones and antibiotics in dairy and meat can also trigger acne in some people.
Simple sugars can also age your skin prematurely, find out more HERE.
3. Makeup makes your acne worse.
The truth is that if you’re using the right makeup, it can actually improve your skin condition. There’s no doubt that some products can clog your pores and cause you pimples or acne.
So when it comes to makeup, it’s best to use powder-based mineral foundations. These help absorb oils that would otherwise clog your pores.
Or if you prefer liquid foundation, do make sure it’s non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
4. Toothpaste can quickly heal acne.
Toothpaste does contain some ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, etc that can help dry out your acne. However, keep in mind that it’s not made for your skin. And therefore, can cause irritation and rashes to your skin. Essentially, you’ll be trading one problem for another.
Instead, it’s better to use retinol. They’re the absolute best ingredient for acne control. Retinol helps unclog your pores and regulate the natural enzymes in your skin that fight infection and decrease inflammation.
Find out more about the benefits of Retinol for your skin, just click HERE.
5. You've got to clean your face more often to clear up acne!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wash away your pimples or acne?
As long as you’re washing your face twice a day, that’s more than enough to reduce bacteria and remove your skin’s surface oil.
In fact, over-cleansing or scrubbing your face can actually make your acnes worse. This is because by doing so, it triggers inflammation that makes your acne worse.
What really helps is using a gentle cleanser so you don’t damage your skin’s outer barrier or create inflammation (as this would hinder your skin’s ability to heal and fight bacteria) and using gentle exfoliation.
Look for cleansers that are gentle and at the same time has AHA & BHA to help with exfoliation. You should definitely consider Medik8’s poreCleanse Gel for oily or problematic skin!
6. Popping that zit will help it recover faster.
Tempting as it may be, squeezing or picking at your acne is never a good idea.
You might think that popping a pimple releases the bacteria from the pore, allowing it to heal quicker. However, the act of squeezing might cause the bacteria to get deeper into your pore. Some bacteria will inevitably also be left behind in the pore, and this triggers an inflammatory response.
It also increases the risk of damaging surrounding skin tissue leading to scars. So it’s important that you never pick at a pimple, however enticing it may be.