Acne is the most common skin condition in the world yet there are so many myths on what causes it. You name it, I’ve heard it.
“Wash your face more”
“Leave your skin alone for a while”
“Go out in the sun more and dry it out”
I’m here to shed some light on this topic and share with you the Top 3 most common acne myths I hear ALL the time.
MYTH #1: If you wash your face more, your acne will go away.
Wrong. Acne has nothing to do with how many times per day you wash your face. Although good skincare practice is extremely important in the fight against acne, if you wash your face ten times per day your skin won’t suddenly clear overnight. Over washing can also strip the skin of its natural oils, which means moisture needs to be added back on and that leads to the need to buy more skincare products. When using a new cleanser make sure it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight.
Tip: Cleanse your skin with a gentle, natural cleanser morning and night. Rinse well with clean water.
MYTH #2: Leave your skin alone and the acne will clear on it’s own.
Wrong. Leaving your skin alone and hoping for the best is not going to magically clear your acne. You could be waiting months or years for results doing this. The worst part is, results may never arrive. Acne affects people of all ages, so if you think it will go away once you get older, you may be wrong. In order to achieve clear skin you have to be ready to overhaul your entire life, this includes the way you eat, think and things you do.
Tip: In order to take control of your skin and regain your confidence you must be proactive in the fight against acne.
MYTH #3: Go out in the sun more and dry your acne out.
Wrong. Sun damage is responsible for 95% of wrinkling so it’s recommended to always wear a sunscreen when outdoors, even in the middle of winter! Truth is, the sun can actually make breakouts worse. Particularly if you are already prone to acne! UV rays can damage the skin and weaken the barrier, causing a loss of moisture. This can lead to overproduction and overgrowth of sebaceous glands resulting in blackheads.
Tip: Always wear a sunscreen and remember to cover your neck, décolletage and the back of your neck.