Oh, dear Acne…
You’ve been such a stubborn when it comes to you leaving our skins healthy and glowing.
And you’ve made the Internet go wild with all the ways how to get rid of you. But today, we’ll uncover the biggest myths you’ve helped to create.
Myth #1: Tanning clears up skin.
Yes - tanning can temporarily fade acne, but the skin will get dry and irritated, which leads to having more breakouts in the future than you did have before.
There is no direct link between acne prevention and sun exposure, but the rays of the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging.
It is crucial to choose a proper sunscreen that says “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegencic” on the label, which means that it won’t clog your pores.
Myth #2: The more you wash your face, the fewer breakouts you'll have.
Washing your face more than twice per day can dry out your skin and cause it to produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness. For best results, use a gentle cleanser like Radiant Cleanser Nectar in the AM and PM only.
Myth #3: Popping pimples will help them go away faster.
It may seem like a good idea at first, but in the long term - it’s no good.
By squeezing pimples you’re actually pushing oil, bacteria and dead skin cells even further into the skin, which leads to more redness and swelling, sometimes even leaving you with scars and marks which last.
Myth #4: Don't wear makeup if you want clear skin.
Two things to remember - noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic.
As long as you choose cosmetics which include these two, they shouldn’t cause breakouts and you should be good.
There are also some concealers and creams now that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which even help you fighting acne.
Either way - talk to your dermatologist about the best cosmetics for yourself.
Myth #5: If you keep getting breakouts, it helps to use more acne medication until the breakouts stop.
Acne medication - be careful with it.
Using too much of it can cause overdrying, irritation and more blemishes.
If it’s been a while and they don’t work, make sure you’re following the correct guidelines since some medications take up to 8 weeks to make a difference.
If it still doesn’t help - talk with your doctor, don’t wait for the wonders to happen if they haven’t yet.