When it comes to acne, everyone has their own theories; some theories are right while others are wrong. Since you can’t believe everything you hear though, it’s important to know the facts for yourself. So stay on to see acne myths debunked.
Myth # 1: Getting a tan helps clear up skin. I have to admit it. I used to believe this, too. Tanning covers up redness and dries up the surface of your skin, making some blemishes fade away temporarily. But in the end, you’re really only trading one problem for a host of others. tanning causes skin irritation, especially if you stay out a bit too long and burn yourself. This adds to redness and leads to peeling, both of which may later aggravate the appearance of acne.
Myth #2: Washing your face often prevents breakouts
Many people feel like acne means their face is somehow unclean — but that’s just not true. The truth is, acne is a complex skin disorder that can’t be boiled down to simply “dirt, so you can’t just wash it away. A cleanser with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur compounds will help clear the skin, but it won’t clear it any faster if you scrub harder. Scrubbing acne too hard can actually inflame blackheads, so be sure to be nice to your skin.
Myth # 3: Popping your pimples makes everything better. That’s just not true. Don’t pop your pimples because doing so pushes bacteria deeper into your skin and helps it spread to other areas of your face. Not to mention, popping pimples can often cause scarring and red marks that last for a very long time. Popping and squeezing zits is actually damaging to your skin. Would you rather have a red spot on your face for around a week or a scar that sticks around for several months or possibly years?
Myth # 4: Don’t wear makeup if you have acne. That was true in the past, but now we have makeup products that not only conceals but also even helps treating acne: Look for non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free products. Read the ingredients — the very first one should be water. Mineral-based cosmetics contains added ingredients like silica, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide, which both absorb oil and hide redness without irritating skin and causing pimples. You can also look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid that helps fighting pimples while hiding them.
Myth #5: Sweating helps get rid of acne. Some believe you can sweat out your acne, by going to a steam room or using hot towels. But in fact, some studies suggest that high temperatures and humidity can worsen the condition, so you might do best to keep it cool.