February 19, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
1. You can cure acne.
BUST! We hate to be the bearer of bad news – don’t shoot the messenger! – but unfortunately, there’s no cure for acne.
The good news is that there are plenty of skin care treatments available. From spot treatments to deep-cleaning solutions, it is possible to help minimize spots, speed the healing process, and prevent future breakouts in order to achieve a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
2. You’re breaking out because you’re ‘dirty.’
BUST! A few factors go into acne formation: sebum production and the rate at which your skin is able to (naturally) shed dead skin cells. In fact, surface dirt or oil does little in causing breakouts, though not cleansing regularly or touching your face often can worsen the condition if you’re predisposed.
You’re not dirty if you’re breaking out: acne formation is dependent on skin type and chance.
3. Washing your face more often will zap those zits.
BUST! This one goes hand in hand with Myth #2, so with that one busted, this one’s de-bunked too. You are not dirty – there’s no need to over-wash.
In fact, cleansing more than the recommended two-times-a-day prescription can actually lead to more breakouts. It’s as they say: too much of any good thing can all too easily become a bad thing. Over-washing will only dehydrate and irritate already aggravated skin, throwing it out of balance.
Oil glands will try to compensate the lack of moisture by producing excess sebum, thus clogging pores and increasing chances of breakouts.
4. Only teens get acne.
BUST! Acne affects everyone, period. In fact, at least 20 percent of adults experience regular breakouts well into their 30s and 40s.
5. The stronger the acne products, the better (and faster) they’ll clear you up.
BUST! In the same vein as debunking Myth #3, being too aggressive can actually worsen rather than improve your skin.
Somehow, somewhere, someone got us thinking that ‘the stronger the better.’ We then assume that any tingling or stinging sensation is a sign that the product is working.
The secret to an effective acne regimen? Gentle formulas. Keep in mind that easy does it, and the simpler the better. Anything too harsh can easily dry out or even burn the skin – leaving it in worse condition.
6. Junk food makes you break out.
BUST! Hold the phone – we can’t just blame chocolate!
Sure, your skin is a reflection of internal health, but skin clarity has more to do with the combination of hormonal fluctuations (from puberty, PMS, menopause, or stress), oil production, the rate at which dead skills are shed from the surface, and external factors (smoking, sun, humidity, high altitudes, etc.).
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