Acne is a very common skin condition that affects many of us at some point in our lives. Oily skin, red angry spots, pustules and deep scarring are all common signs and symptoms of acne. Because acne is so popular it means many myths around the condition have popped up and continue to confuse people, both those with and without.
As skin experts we felt it was essential to blast some of the most common acne myths, allowing you to focus on the truths and hopefully a way to calm your skin and get the most out of your skincare routine.
Acne myth 1 – Only teenagers get acne
False. Whilst many acne sufferers are in their teens a significant of people in their 20s and 30s also experience it. In fact, adult acne is on the rise, so you’re far from alone.
Acne myth 2 – Lack of washing causes acne
True and false. While it is important to remove dirt and makeup from your face to prevent spots, washing your face too much can overstimulate your sebaceous glands. These glands produce the skin’s natural oils, leaving you with more oily skin than before, encouraging blocked pores and more spots. Washing your face, no more than twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed) is the recommended guideline.
Acne myth 3 – Acne is caused by eating chocolate
False. This long-touted myth has little basis in fact. This is no concrete evidence that eating chocolate affects acne. However, recent research shows that foods high in glycaemic index rapidly increase blood sugar (glucose), which can aggravate the skin. So, as long as you only eat chocolate as an occasional treat your skin won’t be affected.
Acne myth 4 – Sunscreen makes acne worse
Possibly. Whilst some sunscreens have oils that could make acne-prone skin greasier and cause more breakouts, it’s still important to use some kind of sun protection. All you need to do is find the right product for you. We have a wide range of sunscreens for all types of skin, including oily. Our Sun Screen Velvet Face SPF 50+ is perfectly suited for acne-prone skin thanks to its velvety texture and its ability to absorb excess sebum.
Acne myth 5 – You can’t wear makeup with acne
False. Many people will tell you that one of the worst things you can do as an acne sufferer is to put on some primer, foundation and blush. Because some of the more, oily, thicker makeups can exacerbate acne, this doesn’t mean you have to be makeup free. An ideal solution to the problem is to use a coloured cream with a light covering and non-comedogenic composition, making sure your pores are not blocked.
These are just some of the many myths surrounding acne. Follow a good skincare routine and explore our range of acne treatments to treat and hopefully tame your bad skin.
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