Myth: Acne is For Teenagers
Fact: You can develop acne anytime. In fact, most patients treated for acne are between the ages of 20 and 52.
Myth: It's Just a Phase, Acne Goes Away Eventually
Fact: Acne can last for years, if not a lifetime. If left alone, without even topical treatments, it can worsen and scar. Acne is treatable and usually begins with mild, over-the-counter topical treatments. If that doesn't work, your dermatologist may prescribe oral and topical medicine. Control it well and breakouts will become scarce.
Myth: You Can't Wear Make-up if You Have Acne
Fact: While it's true that some types of cosmetics can make acne worse, those labeled noncomedogenic generally won't. Your dermatologist can help you decide whether or not to use makeup and can usually give you product recommendations. There are some concealers that contain benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol or salicylic acid, and there are also tinted acne treatment products.
Myth: Acne is Caused by Dirt
Fact: Acne is a complex skin condition that has nothing to do with dirt -- bacteria is the culprit. A type of bacteria called Propionibacteria acnes (P. acnes) gets into the pores, causing inflammation that results in pimples. Blackheads are caused by a buildup of sebum -- your skin's natural oil -- in your pores.
Myth: Popping Pimples is a Good Way to Get Rid of Them
Fact: Popping pimples damages the top layer of the skin and can result in scarring which can sometimes be permanent. Instead of picking at the area, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, gently towel dry and then spot treat with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. You can add at-home masks, but restrict toners to the summer.
Myth: Steam Helps Get Ride of Acne
Fact: Several studies -- including an Indian study in which patients said their acne was worse in the summer -- have suggested that heat and sweating make acne worse. Stay out of the sauna and keep your skin cool.
Myth: You'll Have Less Acnes if You Wash Your Face More
Fact: Since acne isn't caused by dirt, it can't simply be washed away. Facial cleaners with ingredients such a benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur compounds can help treat acne, but an abrasive soap won't help clear up acne any better (or faster). Harsh scrubs and cleaners can actually irritate your face by stripping skin of its natural moisture, often causing "rebound" oiliness as your skin tries to balance the dryness.
Myth: Tanning Clears Up Acne
Fact: While some light therapies can help treat acne, they don't work for the majority of acne sufferers. And the ultraviolet light from the sun (or tanning beds) is even worse – besides raising the risk of skin cancer it dries out skin and can lead to premature aging while worsening acne. Your best bet is to visit your dermatologist for a chemical peel that focuses on the blocked pores without damaging your skin.
Natural DIY Beauty Recipes You Can Make In Your Kitchen
15 Easy Remedies For Thinning Hair, Brittle Nails and Other Beauty Disasters
Yummy Beauty Products That Smell Good Enough to Eat
DIY Nail Designs We Love!
Make-Up Tutorial: Smoky Brown Sunset Eyes