We are flooded with many facts about health and skin care right from our teenage but as we grow most of them turns out to be a myth. Let’s have a look at some of the common myths about acne.
Myth 1: Washing the face often prevents acne
Washing twice or thrice a day keeps your skin clean but going beyond that might not help you. In fact, vigorous washing can worsen your skin. Using lukewarm water and a mild cleanser specially formulated for acne (containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) to wash the face in slow circular motions is all it takes to prevent acne proliferation.
Myth 2: Chocolates and Soda are foes to skin
Some studies reveal that consuming chocolates at larger amounts can cause acne. But it is impossible for anyone to consume that much amount of chocolate at once. The same goes for Soda as well. But keeping a check on the consumption of these products is highly suggested.
Myth 3: Squeezing pimples is fine
People believe that squeezing the acne will make it go away sooner. But the reality is it will only worsen the condition and cause further inflammation.
Myth 4: Junk foods lead to acne
It is a common belief that eating oily and greasy food leads to excessive acne breakout. But studies on acne reveal that junk foods like french-fries, potato chips, etc. have no influence on acne formation.
Myth 5: Acne is contagious
People think acne is transmissible and spreads from one person to another, but the fact is though bacteria are involved in acne formation, it is not contagious at all.
Myth 6: It’s a teen problem
Acne has no age and gender difference. It develops not only in teens but in adults too. The only thing is that it is a bit different in teenagers and the way it looks.
Myth 7: More acne indicates health issues
Acne breakouts do not mean you’re suffering from serious health issues. It may be due to other factors as well. For instance, forehead acne can be caused by certain hair styling products like waxes and oils, as they block the pores often. If you have a fringe, the hair rubs against the forehead skin causing irritation, potentially contributing to acne breakouts.
Cheek acne can result from phone use as the touch screens containing large numbers of bacteria brushes against your cheek. Also, placing your phone against your cheek creates pressure that may activate your oil-producing glands.
Acne affecting the lower half of the face like Jawline and around the mouth is often linked to hormonal changes, mainly in women at a later age. They are deep, red, painful cysts under the skin rather than blackheads or whiteheads.
Myth 8: Moisturizer is not a necessity
People with oily skin think they do not have the need for moisturizer but the fact is excess oil does not really mean the skin is fully hydrated. After washing your face, go for a “non-comedogenic” light gel-based moisturizer as this will prevent the formation of blackheads. Use a prescribed retinoid product on the skin before leaving for bed as it helps the pores to unclog and calms the inflammation.
Myth 9: Stress induces Acne
Though people claim that they have more acne breakout while they stress out, no research has evidence for this customary statement.
Myth 10: No makeup
Even if you have acne breakouts, it is completely fine if you go for loose powder foundations like mineral powders. They don’t affect your skin as the myth claims.