Acne affects a lot of people in their lifetime and it can be a confidence killer, but there are a lot of acne myths that you should take with a grain of salt.
Although acne doesn’t differentiate its victims, it’s important to keep in mind that all skin types are different and that there are many different kinds of acne that are dealt with in different ways. Lets delve into those acne myths!
One of the most common acne myths is that using oils is bad for those with acne prone skin, this isn’t always the case. Argan oil and jojoba, which are similar to our skin’s sebum, trick the skin into not overproducing oil, thus warding off breakouts. Hemp seed oil eliminates blackheads and is anti-inflammatory. Many people with oily complexions also suffer from acne and scarring. Rose hip seed and baobob oil help to heal repair tissue and brighten skin due to high levels vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and retinoic acid.
Many believe that the only solution to your acne is a visit to the GP or a dermatologist. This is an acne myth. While it is often a good idea to see a dermatologist, there are some excellent topical products that can treat and control acne along with scarring and pigmentation. The combo of glycolic and salicylic acids help to exfoliate the skin, decrease sebum production, and actually show antibacterial properties when treating the organism that causes acne.
Sweating is an Issue
Sweat glands are not the same as oil pores. While sweat alone cannot cause acne, there is a condition called acne mechanica, a form of acne caused by a combination of heat, friction, and covered skin. It’s often found on athletes who sweat under their helmets. Other culprits of acne mechanica include tight clothing, snug backpack straps, and headbands worn for long periods of time.
Don’t Exfoliate Daily
This is a thing of the past, because past exfoliation products were too abrasive for daily use and caused increased dryness, redness, and a generally compromised skin barrier. However, new products on the market use gentler exfoliants and can be used routinely without any issues. It’s important to cleanse your face twice daily. Anytime you wash your face, there’s a component or degree of exfoliation. For the products in your skincare routine to work best, you need to have debris-free skin.
Sunshine Dries Acne Out
Though in some cases the sun can benefit your acne, it’s not the be all and end all. Sun exposure can cause inflammation of the skin and dry the surface, causing sebaceous glands to increase secretion to compensate. This will result in oily rebound, clogged pores, and acne pustules.
It’s a Puberty Problem
Adults of any age can suffer from acne! Adult acne usually begins in your late 20s to early 30s. Stress is a catalyst that can play a role in aggravating the condition. Genetics plays a large part as well. Hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy can affect adult acne, worsening or improving the condition. Another hormonal change that can affect adult acne is discontinuing the use of birth control pills as well as premenstrual hormonal fluctuation. Tap water can play into the rise of adult acne, depending on a city’s calcium and magnesium levels. And in today’s society, adults look at their skin more critically. They feel there is a lower threshold of what acceptable, which drives them to seek treatment.
It’s All the Same
People must treat adult acne differently to adolescent acne. Mature skin tends to be drier, so you need to be mindful that you aren’t blasting skin with harsh products that will further dehydrate it. You don’t need to wash with an antibacterial soap, as it can severely dry skin and lead to itching and redness. Instead, use a gentle cleanser. Most of the prescription medications are very irritating and drying. It isn’t tolerated in adult skin as it is more oily. We recommend retinoids and chemical peels as they effectively address acne and ageing at the same time.
Sun Cream Will Cause You Problems
Look for a physical sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These ingredients sit on top of the skin to protect instead of being absorbed. Also look for oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreens that come in a dry-mist application. Stay clear of ingredients like para-amino benzoic acid, which can cause clogged pores and allergic reactions.
Acne is a common problem and although acne myths and cures are rife, you may not get rid of it. However, you may be able to control it with this knowledge.
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