Stop Believing These 10 Most-Common Acne Myths
Acne. It's undeniable. We've all had it at one point or another.
Whether it was years ago or you had a breakout just yesterday, acne can be hard to come to terms with. So, let's break down the stigma behind pimples, zits, and blemishes, and whatever else you like to call them.
Take a look at these 10 acne myths you NEED to stop believing right now.
1. Only Teens Get Acne
Listen up ladies -- adults get acne too! In fact, over 50 percent of Americans deal with acne on a daily basis, adults included.
Stress plays an enormous role in acne development. This along with a dozen other factors such as diet, exercise, climate, and even your genetic makeup all could be causing a breakout.
So, next time you see one of those pesky bumps pop up, don’t sweat it! It happens to the best of us, love.
2. Popping Your Blemish Will Help it Go Away
As tempting as it is, do not pop that pimple! While popping it may cause temporary relief, it could lead to long lasting repercussions later on. I’m talking infections, more acne, and worst of all, permanent scarring.
If your pimple is causing you pain and must be popped, first resort to a certified dermatologist. This is your safest option to avoid any aforementioned consequences. If it is not possible to see a doctor, make sure to follow these rules:
- Always use clean hands
- Use 2 cotton swabs to pop your pimple instead of your fingers or nails
- If you see blood, STOP! You do not want to irritate your skin any further!
- Be sure to sterilize the area after and follow up with a toner or antibiotic cream
3. Washing Your Face More Often Will Help Clear Your Acne
Washing your face more than twice may sound intuitive, but it’s actually ruining your skin. When you use too harsh of a facial cleanser or cleanse too often, you are stripping your skin of any and all natural oils. In return, your skin makes up for the excess dryness by producing high amounts of oil. Oily skin leads right back to clogged pores and breakouts. Back to square one.
To avoid getting caught in an endless face-scrubbing cycle, try “training your skin” by only washing it twice a day. After a week or so, your oil glands will sense that they don’t need to produce as much oil and your skin will adapt. Finding the right balance of natural oils can be tricky but once you find your happy spot, your skin will begin to thank you!
***Pro Tip: I use a gentle cleanser in the morning to get the overnight oils off and a more intense exfoliating cleanser at night to rid my skin of the day's grime, makeup, and pollutants.
4. Toothpaste Works as a Spot Treatment
Toothpaste contains drying ingredients such as alcohol, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and various other chemicals that are extremely drying for the skin. Dehydrating the pimple can make it appear smaller on the surface when in reality it is causing deep irritation under the skin.
Instead of falling for this too-good-to-be-true hack, use a spot treatment from a brand you can trust. Most mild acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are available over the counter. Got a zit you need to clear overnight? Skip the toothpaste and pick up a pack of acne patches at your local beauty store.
5. “I Must be Eating Too Much Junk Food”
Like I said above, acne can be caused by hundreds of things. Eating a healthy and natural diet is shown to clear skin. However, before you cut all of your favorite foods from your life, you may want to start by individually testing certain ingredients.
Dairy, gluten, and sugar are the top three foods that trigger acne. Try moderating completely ridding your diet of each of these foods one at a time, for a couple weeks at a time. If you see improved results after cutting out an ingredient or two, you can make a plan that works for you.
6. All Acne Can be Treated the Same
Wrong! Each and every individual needs a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to their own skin. I have spent years experimenting with what works and what does not work with my skin. My regimen is nowhere near perfect, but it helps me maintain healthy skin and treat breakouts when they pop up.
Consulting a dermatologist can help lead you down the right path when it comes to deciding what kind of products to buy based on your skin type. They can also prescribe topical and oral medications that are specialized for you.
Remember love, your skin is unique! Treat it that way as well.
7. Tanning Helps Clear Acne
Just like toothpaste, tanning dries out the skin. While tanning may hide and “cover up” breakouts, the UV rays that are absorbed into your skin damage vital cells that aid on rejuvenation and skin elasticity. Tanning creates poor cell turnover that leads to wrinkles, premature aging, and even cancer.
We have a separate article (UVA and UVB Rays Explained: What do they mean for our skin?)
about the dangerous effects of tanning both outside and in a bed. I don't know about you, but I’d rather deal with a few breakouts over fine lines!
8. Using More Products Will Help Your Acne Go Away Faster
When it comes to skincare, keep in mind the old rule “quality vs. quantity”. Using too many products on your skin agitates it and can possibly clog pores further if you aren't using the right ones. A pimple is, in short, an irritated cell. Let’s not bother our breakouts more than we have to, right?
Instead of buying a variety of cheap false-promising creams, invest in a select few tried-and-true products. This may mean spending a little more money, but in the end it will be worth it for both you and your skin -- I promise!
9. You Need to Stop Wearing Makeup
We've all heard the words “well maybe if you didn't wear as much makeup, you would have as much acne”. This is one of the hardest things to battle with when you have acne. Airbrushed models, skin perfecting apps, and makeup have made it extremely hard to remember that acne is a completely normal thing -- especially when you're already insecure about your skin. You get caught in this vicious loop of wearing makeup because you have acne and having acne because you wear makeup.
But who said makeup has to cause breakouts? Although going makeup-free is best for your skin, there are various products that provide coverage while allowing your skin to breathe. Here are some of my favorites…
- Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation (medium-full coverage)
- ColourPop Hyaluronic Concealer (medium-full coverage)
- The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (lightweight)
10. Your Acne Makes You Less Beautiful
Girl! Do NOT believe this myth for one second! Acne is one simple physical feature and has absolutely nothing on your kind, intelligent, and badass soul. You are perfect just the way you are and you don’t have time to listen to silly little lies like this one! Show them that there is so much more to you than what’s on the surface. Go do your thing, queen.
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