Today I want to play my own little version of mythbusters and go over some common acne misconceptions.
As a skin care professional and someone who used to suffer from persistent acne, I am quite aware that there is a lot of misinformation floating around and I want to set some records straight. So here are the myths at the top of my list.
…Because your myth, your myth is on my list…
Hall and Oats fans? No? Ok. That might be a dated reference… Moving on.
Myth 1. Breaking out after trying a new acne product means it’s working
This is sometime called the purge. The false logic is that if it’s a product made for acne and you breakout in the beginning, well that means it’s working because it’s pulling all that underlying acne to the surface. [slowly shakes head] Acne doesn’t work that way – neither do products. If you breakout immediately after using a new product, it’s because of the product.
Myth 2. Sweating causes acne / sweating helps acne
Those are two opposite things I know, but people tend to believe one or the other. Here’s why they’re both wrong.
When you sweat, you excrete water from your sweat gland through your pore. Acne is caused in a hair follicle, which excretes oil from your sebaceous gland. Those two openings in your skin have nothing to do with each other.
Now, if the reason you’re sweating is because you’re exercising and increasing your circulation, well that brings oxygen and nutrients to your cells – which can help.
Myth 3. Frequently washing your face will help keep it clean and prevent breakouts
The biggest mistake I see my acne clients make is constantly washing their face with harsh cleansers. This both strips and dehydrates your skin, which isn’t going to do you any favors. It keeps your skin “out of whack” [that’s the scientific term] which can contribute to your acne problem.
Use a gentle cleanser, once a day at night. In the morning, either a light wipe with a clean, damp wash cloth, or the use of a mild cleansing toner is all you need.
Myth 4. What you eat causes acne
Ok, this one’s complicated. No, you’re probably not going to break out from one chocolate bar or one piece of pizza. But, there is increasing evidence showing a strong connection between diet and acne.
The truth is, while diet does not cause acne, there is a relationship between things like your digestive health, your blood sugar levels, your overall health, etc. and acne. An unhealthy diet can affect insulin levels, and make your more prone to inflammation.
Like I said, it’s complicated. Just know that an overall healthy diet can go a long way toward healthy skin.
And there are my top acne myths. If you’ve got any others you want me to debunk. Let me know if the comments below.
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And if you’d like a deeper understanding about how your health and wellness is affecting your skin, let’s chat. I can help demystify the problems you’re having with your skin.