Contrary to popular belief, acne is more complicated than teenage hormones. Here are some of the biggest myths about acne, alongside the actual truth.
Acne disappears once you pass puberty
Acne usually affects people between the age of 12 and 25 but can carry on much later in life. Women especially, tend to suffer later, due to changes in hormonal levels from periods and pregnancy.
Overall, acne can be hormonal, bacterial or hereditary.
Acne is caused by poor hygiene
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. It happens underneath the skin and not on the surface. Therefore, spots do not appear because your face is dirty or needs washing.
You can aggravate and cause irritation, if you wash your face more than twice a day. We recommend being gentle and avoid harsh scrubbing. Our Clean Skin Technology range is specifically formulated to treat and control acne and other skin conditions. Combining the best ingredients from science and nature, it’s suitable for all skin types and ages, and is gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin.
Home remedies work
From toothpaste, home-made masks and cooking oils; home remedies – however natural, are not always best for skin.
Rather than play pharmacist, trust products created and tested by expert dermatologists. Just because something is natural, it doesn’t mean that it will be effective. You may actually trigger an irritation and worsen your condition. For a less messy and quicker remedy, try our Pore Minimising Mask. We use crushed diamonds, glycolic acid and salicylic acid derived from the bark of a Willow tree. Your skin will look smooth, soft and clearer.
The sun can help dry out spots
One of the most dangerous acne myths. Using the sun to dry out spots is extremely harmful and we strongly suggest that you avoid this method at all costs.
Not only would this enhance sun damage, it will dehydrate your skin. Oily skin types tend to be dehydrated; excess oil is produced to try and compensate a lack of water. Therefore, in the fight to remove acne, the sun is a step backwards.
While we have the chance, here is a reminder to use SPF daily. We have created an article on the reasons why, which you can read here.
This is what you should follow:
- Depending on the severity, you may need to visit your doctors or a dermatologist.
- Apply a good cleansing regime – including an exfoliator and moisturiser. Do not attempt to dry out spots.
- An appointment with a facialist can be beneficial for more advice on your skin’s condition, including steps to treat.
- Different doctors have different opinions on whether lifestyle and dietary habits are to blame. Dairy has been widely discussed as potentially triggering hormones in acne. We advise that healthy lifestyles are better for skin in general. Drink plenty of water, eat lots of nutritious food and aim for adequate amounts of sleep.