10 Acne Myths

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Ten Myths About How to Get Rid of Acne


When it comes to trying to get rid of acne, thereís as much mis-information out there as there is good information. While Acne Canada has given you a guideline with 10 proven tips to help get rid of acne, itís just as important that that you understand what wonít make a difference in trying to get clear, healthy skin. Read on to learn what you may have been told will get rid of or diminish your acne breakouts but what, honestly, just wonít help your skin stay clear for the long term.

#10 Cutting Greasy Foods Out of Your Diet Wonít Get Rid of Acne

Itís an acne myth that eating an order of French fries or a greasy dinner will make your skin break out. Itís not as though the oil from those foods is transferred directly to your pores! Even if you cut out all of the greasy foods around you, if youíre still eating an unhealthy diet, your skin wonít be healthy. After all, you can cut out all of the grease in your diet but still be eating mostly processed and unhealthy foods. It is true that a healthy skin diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables that are packed with antioxidants and water can make your skin healthier. However, just reducing greasy food intake wonít be enough.

#9 Using Benzoyl Peroxide Products Will Clear Your Skin

It is true that using acne treatment products with Benzoyl Peroxide will dry up and flake away your existing blemishes. Those products will also dry up your excess oil, which may reduce cogged pores. However, most acne is hormonal acne, and that means that the real cause of yoru breakouts is the over-production of skin cells in hair follicles. Benzoyl Peroxide canít help that skin condition at all. Itís a myth that the best way to get rid of acne is to dry out your skin. Look for products with Salicylic Acid, which removes the dead skin cells and also fights acne-causing bacteria.

#8 Cutting Out Caffeine Will Get Rid of Acne

This myth is similar to myth #10. It is true that itís possible that an excess of caffeine can over stimulate the glands that produce adrenal hormones and lead to acne breakouts. However, the amount of caffeine that you need to be taking in on a daily basis for that to be true is excessive. If you eat and drink excessive amounts of caffeine on a daily basis, then reducing your caffeine intake can help improve your skinís health. However, if your caffeine intake is moderate to mild, cutting the chocolate and coffee out wonít make a big difference.

#7 Using an Exfoliating Cleanser Will Clear Acne

There are two types of exfoliating cleansers. The most common type of acne skin cleanser with exfoliation is a cleanser that uses a texture, such as ground date seeds, to scrape away dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. While itís true that dead skin cells can clog pores and lead to acne breakouts, a rough cleanser that exfoliates can just as easily irritate skin and cause even more breakouts. It is important to exfoliate acne-prone skin, but look for cleansers or treatments that exfoliate by using Alpha Hydroxy Acids or Beta Hydroxy Acids. Textured cleansers may make your skin worse instead of better.

#6 Sun Tanning Will Heal and Get Rid of Acne Breakouts

Yes, itís true that UV rays will dry out your skin and cause you to have fewer breakouts. Additionally, tan skin is darker and post-acne marks and scars wonít show as much. But itís not worth it! Nothing damages your skin for the long term like UV rays. Every time you expose your skin to UV rays, you also increase the rate at which your collagen levels break down, meaning that youíll develop lines and wrinkles earlier and deeper. Youíll also have more sun spots and age spots, and all of that work to get a clear complexion will have been for nothing.

#5 If You Only Break Out in Your T-Zone You Only Need a Spot Treatment

For people with combination skin, most breakouts occur in the T-Zone (the area of skin that makes up a T on your face with the forehead, chin, nose, and upper lip). For these people, it often makes sense to just treat their acne blemishes with an acne spot treatment since large areas of their face are not oily or acne-prone. However, the key to healthy skin is balanced skin. Use your acne treatment as well as a moisturizer all over your face. The only way to get a truly glowing complexion is to even your skin tone in both the oily and dry areas of your face.

#4 Moisturizers Will Make Your Skin Breakout More

This is one of the most damaging myths of acne treatment! You actually need moisturizer in order to clear acne breakouts. If your skin begins to feel too dry from the use of your other products to get rid of acne, it will just begin to produce even more oil as a response. This, of course, can lead to more clogged pores and more acne breakouts. No matter what your age or skin type, moisturizer is always a critical part of any skin care regimen. If you have acne-prone skin, then of course you should use an oil-free moisturizer. However, your skin needs to be healthy and hydrated for breakouts to stop. That means moisturizing topically (and internally).

#3 Not Wearing Makeup Will Help Get Rid of Acne

If youíre using an oil-based, thick makeup or a makeup full of harmful chemicals, then youíre absolutely right that not using your makeup any more will help get rid of your acne breakouts and clear up your skin. However, in some cases, makeup can actually improve your skin, particularly if itís makeup designed to control oil or that includes Salicylic Acid as an ingredient so that youíre fighting dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria daily. Itís a myth that not wearing makeup will improve your skin, but itís true that selecting makeup that helps your skin can improve it.

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#2 The Same Products that Help Get Rid of Acne on Your Face Will Work on Back Acne

If you also have back acne, then you should consider separate products to help you get rid of back acne breakouts. The sebaceous (oil) glands on your back are larger, and the pores on your back are larger. Additionally, the skin on your back is rougher. Therefore, youíll need stronger products and tougher exfoliating agents to clear back acne away. Consider the Murad Canada Back and Body Acne products, but donít make the mistake of using the same products that you would for your face!

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#1 You Can Get Rid of Blemishes by Picking or Popping Them

If thereís only one rule that you remember, let it be this: DO NOT PICK OR POP AT YOUR BLEMISHES! Not only will it not help you get rid of existing acne breakouts, but youíll also potentially aggravate your skin and have even more breakouts later. On top of that, youíre almost certain to end up with post-acne marks or, worse yet, acne scars. While it can be difficult to remember in the moment, donít pick at or pop your skin!

If you know what wonít work to get rid of acne, then youíll know what will work to get rid of acne. Quality acne treatment products and a healthy lifestyle can result in clear, beautiful skin. Begin your journey to acne-free skin today.

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