Common Myths About Acne

Whether you develop pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or a mix of these symptoms, acne is no fun. The common skin disorder affects skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. The glands under your skin create an oily substance, which can lead to clogged pores if skin cells clump together. When this clump starts breaking down, pimples form.

Although acne isn’t typically a serious threat to wellness, it can lead to emotional difficulties and scars. Sorting out the fact and fiction about acne can help, if you’re prone to breakouts. To learn more, contact us at SkinMD. To get you started, here are some things you might have heard about acne, but they’re not true.

Myth: Grownups don’t get acne

Many people associate acne with puberty or teenage years, but you can actually develop it throughout your life. A fair number of people continue to deal with acne into their 30s or even through their 50s. You might not experience the exact same symptoms you did in your youth, however. Adult acne tends to be more reddish versus whiteheads and blackheads.

Myth: Stress definitely causes acne

Stress may play a role in acne, but it hasn’t been shown to cause it. Stressful emotions might worsen acne, and the acne itself can trigger stress, but aiming to manage stress — as important as that can be — won’t likely erase skin issues from your life.

Myth: All sunscreen is bad for acne

Sunscreen is an important means of sun protection for your skin. While you may want to avoid certain types of sunscreen if you have acne-prone skin, you can still benefit from UV protective lotions and sprays if you choose them well. If you tend to break out from your sunscreen, switch to a zinc oxide product instead.

Myth: Wash your skin as often as possible to prevent acne

Practicing good facial hygiene by cleansing your face is important. You shouldn’t overdo it, however, because washing more than twice per day can dry your skin out. This can increase irritation associated with acne. Go for a quality, mild soap or cleanser and wash once in the morning and once in the evening.

Myth: Makeup is an acne no-no

Some makeup products can worsen acne, especially items such as thick foundations that can clog your pores. You can probably use light, loose powder foundations without any problems, however. Some people have the best luck with products labeled “oil-free” or made for acne-prone skin.

Myth: Acne is purely a cosmetic issue

Acne can be bothersome from an aesthetic standpoint, of course, but it’s also a health issue. For some people, acne has a deep impact on emotional well-being, contributing to reduced confidence or low self-esteem. Left untreated, it can lead to issues such as permanent scarring.

Myth: Chocolate causes acne

Fortunately, you can enjoy chocolate without developing acne as a result. Dairy products and acne may be linked for some people, so if you notice flare-ups after eating chocolaty treats, consider opting instead for dark chocolate, which has less dairy. Or choose dairy-free chocolate alternatives.

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