7 Acne-prone Skin Myths Debunked
Acne-prone skin is a serious problem for many people. While it is most common in teens and young adults, acne is a problem that follows a significant number of people well into adulthood. Acne treatment makes for a 1.4 billion dollar industry in the United States alone. Acne causes people to spend their time, money, and effort on a search for effective treatments.
The red and painful pimples chips at your self-esteem and can lead to taking drastic measures to clear your skin. With all the effort you put into achieving clear skin, you need to make sure that your struggle is backed by science. There are many different ideas and false promises around acne. Here are seven myths that you might still believe:
Chocolate Causes Acne
People who suffer from acne are regularly told to avoid chocolate. While poor quality chocolate may be tied to more frequent outbreaks, a good quality chocolate has no impact on your acne. The real concern with cheap chocolate is the additional ingredients, which are used by manufacturers to make their products taste a little better.
Things like sugar and other additives are used to improve the flavor and texture, and these ingredients have been linked to outbreaks. In your search for clear skin, you don’t need to cut out chocolate. You do, however, need to make sure your chocolate is mostly natural and avoids the extras that have been shown to cause acne.
For a long time, acne has been associated with poor hygiene. This has led to generations of teenagers being punished for their acne. Acne is caused by natural oils, skin cells, and bacteria, and has very little to do with dirt.
In fact, over washing can cause a host of skin problems, including making your acne worse. With the constant attack of harsh cleansers, your face tries to protect itself by producing more oil. This extra oil, a direct result of over washing, leads to more outbreaks. A cycle of over washing and natural oil production has caused many people to suffer from acne for much longer than they need to.
For best results, use a good quality face wash. Follow the instructions on the product, and avoid the temptation to scrub or wash more often. It takes time to treat acne. Trying to rush it, just causes more troubles for your skin.
Moisturizers have been blamed for acne breakouts for decades. The excess oil that is produced by the skin is a known cause of acne, and it isn’t that hard to come to the conclusion that moisturizers cause problems as well. While there are some creams and serums that potentially could block pores, an excellent moisturizer is part of a great skin regimen.
Many products used, especially on acne-prone skin, strip the natural oil from your skin. When you avoid moisturizers, your skin works even harder to protect itself. This is uncomfortable, looks unhealthy, and has been shown to make acne worse. Find a light moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated and healthy.
Makeup Makes You Breakout
It is a commonly spread myth that makeup will make your acne worse. This is simply not true and makes many people avoid makeup. While many people find that makeup lets them feel more confident during breakouts, the aversion can cause people to suffer needlessly with their acne.
To help your face recover as quickly as possible from a breakout, make sure that you are removing your makeup every night. While makeup itself is not the cause of outbreaks, leaving makeup on overnight can cause issues. In the meantime, feel free to cover up with makeup to whatever level makes you feel comfortable.
Tanning Can Clear-Up Acne Breakouts
Tanning, either by sunbathing or using a tanning bed, is commonly stated as a way to clear up a breakout. People flock to the sun to attempt to clear up their breakouts. Many of the older generation have used sunbathing as a way to treat acne and still swear by it.
Not only is this false, tanning also leads to many other skin problems. Excessive aging and even cancer are associated with prolonged exposure to UV rays, and it does nothing to treat your acne.
Toothpaste is a Good Acne Treatment Product
The current trend in health and beauty is to find unusual ways to repurpose household items. One example of this is the idea is that toothpaste works as a spot treatment on pimples. While it does have many of the same ingredients as many treatments on the market, it is simply not meant for your skin.
The formula of toothpaste is extremely harsh on your skin. It is designed to clean your teeth, which are much harder and resilient. Your toothpaste may work to dry out a pimple, but it causes damage to the surrounding skin. Your little pimple looks worse because of this damage, and the risk of scarring is also increased.
Popping Pimples Shortens a Breakout
It is extremely tempting to just pop that zit. A pimple is an infected blockage of a pore, so a little squeeze and everything is open. This must be a good thing. You get that satisfaction of waging war on your breakout, and it must help healing, right? It doesn’t. What you are extracting is your body’s natural defense, and it deals with it the best.
Not only is it ineffective, popping your pimples also does harm. The trauma that your skin experiences when you pop a pimple is the main cause of acne scarring. The pressure can also push any blockage further into your pores, making it even harder to get rid of.
Irrespective of your age, acne can be a problem for you. It is not something that can be cured, but with the right knowledge, it can be effectively treated. The right products, care for your skin, and consistency all work towards clear skin. Avoid the myths that cause more harm than good, and feel confident in your skin again.
Jeffrey Arvel is a full-time barber from Portland, Oregon. Beside his daytime job, he contributes to ShavingSolution where he likes to spread his insights on how to properly maintain your skin and hair’s health.