Busting 5 Common Acne Myths

There is a lot of information available regarding skin care, and although most skincare advice is well-meaning, it is often incorrect, which can be counterproductive towards your goals, or even damaging to your skin. It’s always a good idea to see what scientific researchers are saying regarding treatments you hear about. That’s why we took the time to bust just a few of the common myths we hear regarding acne.  

 

Myth #1: Acne goes away after your teen years. 

It is simply not true that acne goes away after your teen years. A significant number of people develop acne in their 20s, 30s, or onward. Acne is a condition that can be caused by many factors and can develop at any time, even if you had clear skin as a teenager. 

Myth #2: Drinking more water will clear your acne. 

Research does not currently demonstrate a link between water consumption and acne. However, a healthy lifestyle (including appropriate water intake, healthy food, and exercise) does have a positive effect on the functioning of your body overall, which may be seen physically on your skin, although not enough to significantly decrease acne.  

Myth #3: You can reduce oiliness with alcohol-based products. 

Using alcohol-based products such as harsh toners on your oily skin can be so satisfying as they whisk away oil immediately. However, this immediate gratification is not worth it in the long run. Over time, your skin will respond to the stripping effects of these products by producing more oil to compensate for what it thinks is negative external factors.  

Myth #4: Makeup causes acne. 

There is currently no research showing that makeup causes acne, however, if you leave you makeup on throughout the night or while exercising, the particles can become trapped in your pores, resulting in a breakout. So long as you double cleanse your face at night, then you should have no problem wearing makeup throughout the day, especially if it makes you feel more confident about your skin! We recommend first using a micellar water or cleansing oil to remove most of your makeup, then following up with a cleanser.