So, acne. If you have it, you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
But, chances are, you’re doing something to sabotage recovery. You see, there are so many myths about acne, and they are all so believable, that if you fall for one, it may make things a lot worse.
So, let’s bust those annoying acne myths, shall we?
1. Washing your face often prevents breakouts
If only it werethat easy! Acne isn’t caused by dirt, so you can wash your face as many times as you want, it won’t make it go away. On the contrary, you’ll just dry out skin. And, that makes acne worse.
What to do instead: wash your face once in the morning and once in the evening with a gentle cleanser. That’s all your skin needs. Really.
2. If you have acne, you can’t wear makeup
Of course, you can, my fellow makeup lover! And not just foundation and concealer to hide your acne. You can use whatever product you want. Ok, maybe not whatever product. There’s a kernel of truth in this myth. If your makeup contains comedogenic ingredients, it’ll make your acne worse.
What to do instead: use non-comedogenic makeup products. But, don’t trust the labels. Take a look at those boring ingredient lists to make sure it doesn’t contain anything bad for you.
3. Tanning helps heal acne
No, acne isn’t an excuse to get tanned. Ok, a tan can cover some of the redness, but it also dries, burns, and irritates skin. How’s that good for your acne? Not to mention, it causes premature aging and cancer. Even if it worked, why would ya want to do it?
What to do instead: wear sunscreen every day. Those acne medications often make skin more susceptible to the sun, so this ain’t optional. And, if you really must, get your tan from a bottle.
4. Popping pimples is the best way to get rid of them
No! No! No! Popping a pimple is never a good idea. I can’t stress this enough. It just pushes the bacteria further into the skin, slows down the healing process, and may even cause scars. All things much, much harder to treat than a pimple.
Do you know any other acne myths?