So I’m going to be talking about acne myths. I believe that it’s essential to address them to correct these myths to give the facts because it will make a big difference for those who have acne in terms of how they approach treatment and how they view themselves is one of the most common conditions that dermatologists treat and believe that it’s themycare responsibility to educate our patients. One of them is by debunking and dispelling myths that are going around there are a lot out there you see them on social media on magazines.
Sometimes you hear them on tv, but I have picked eight that I feel some individuals still believe to be a true myth.
1. Acne is just a cosmetic condition?
Acne is just cosmetic condition acne is a common condition that requires medical treatment it is due to an interplay of many factors which include your genetics your hormones follicular plugging and bacterial colonization while it may seem like superficial concern acne when left untreated can result in permanent scarring.
it is not just a cosmetic concern because sometimes acne can be indicative of other medical conditions like your polycystic ovarian syndrome also individuals especially those with severe acne may experience low self-esteem anxiety and even depression which need to address the myth
2. Acne problem in teenagers
Acne only happens to teenagers you know I used to believe this to be true I used to think that you know you eventually outgrow your acne that when you reach 30 no matter what happens your acne stops but while it’s true that about 80 to 85 per cent of adolescents or teenagers suffer some form of acne is it comedonal mild to severe it doesn’t always disappear.
When you reach adulthood in some individuals, they can persist. In my experience, I’ve seen some patients they never had acne when they were young like really clear when they were teenagers, but then when they turned 30 35 that’s when they started getting acne lesions studies.
In the indicate that about 40 to 55 per cent of adults have diagnosed with acne
Also, read BEST ACNE TREATMENT
3. acne caused by dirt, oil and grease?
This one I think a lot of people continue to believe they feel that acne is caused by dirt oil and grease that hasn’t properly washed off from the face in truth hygiene has nothing to do with acne.
Acne is a complex condition that happens in our pilosebaceous units or those pores on our skin where sweat and hair come out and it’s totally unrelated to dirt.
It’s essential to clean your skin to prevent the buildup of dirt dead skin cells and debris having them on your skin doesn’t always and it’s not the cause of acne comedones or those tiny bumps that you feel on your skin.
If you have acne that is not painful not itchy also known as blackheads and whiteheads are not caused by dirt instead they are due to excessive or increased oil production that causes our dead skin cells to stick together and not correctly get exfoliated and therefore leading to clogged pores when bacteria that naturally found on our skin called cutie bacterium acnes is added into the equation inflammation occurs, and that’s when we develop our acne shots.
I always clarify and dispel this myth in all of the people because when you believe that dirt oil and grease can cause acne, it can lead to over washing and over-exfoliation using your soaps harsh cleansers abrasives even cleansing brushes that can lead to our barrier disruption and disruption of our skin’s natural lipids causing us to have dry and dehydrated skin which then leads to compensation by producing more oil and this can lead to even more breakout or a worsening of your existing acne myth.
4. Wearing makeup can cause acne
Wearing makeup can cause acne and lead to breakouts, so there’s one type of acne that is caused by using certain skincare products and cosmetics, including makeup, and it is called acne cosmetica.
So this type of acne is due to the pore-clogging properties of certain types of ingredients and for you to resolve this what you have to do is to stop or discontinue using these products putting on makeup such as your foundation your bb creams your concealers is okay as long as you choose those that will not clog your pores so how do you know that when buying products make sure to check the label in the packaging and look for the following non-comedogenic non-acnegenic oil-free and won’t clog your pores, in fact, a lot of products out there in the market.
For example, concealers contain ingredients that help cover up your redness and some small pimples they may contain your benzoyl peroxide your torsional or salicylic acid that can improve your acne lesions others even have ingredients that help absorb excess oil can be soothing with anti-inflammatory properties, and all of these can reduce skin irritation and repair your skin barrier when wearing makeup.
Remember to put it on gently using your brushes do not share and do not borrow from someone else make sure that your brushes regularly cleaned so that it doesn’t accumulate all the oil the dirt and even microbes that can lead to breakouts and exacerbation of your acne lesions also always remember to take them off before going to bed never sleep with your makeup on and when removing your makeup make sure that you use gentle makeup removers such as your balm emotions or your micellar cleansers do not use harsh makeup removers or brushes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser afterwards to prevent skin irritation.
5. Moisturizers cause acne
Moisturizers cause acne now this is quite a controversial topic, and I’m sure most of you who read a lot will hear conflicting views. Still, moisturizers meant to hydrate the skin, so if you think about it, it has nothing to do with acne I mentioned earlier when your skin is dry and dehydrated it tends to compensate by producing more oil which we know is a big problem when you have acne.
Some studies even show that regular use of moisturizers can enhance efficacy alleviate dryness and improve patient comfort. Those who are applying topical anti-acne treatments like your antibiotics your retinoids your salicylic acids or those who are taking oral isotretinoin moisturizers are not something that can cure your acne lesions but using them especially if you use the right kind for your skin will not make your acne worse.
So in my opinion, if you have you know oily acne-prone skin using a lightweight moisturizer such as your gel base or water-based moisturizers regularly will prevent dehydration and will prevent your face your skin from compensating by producing more oil.
6. chocolates and greasy food can cause acne
So this one is related to another acne article that I did all about food and I also believe this when I was younger chocolates, and greasy food can cause acne I’m sure everyone will agree that having a healthy balanced diet is good for the body and not just our skin. However, some of us might blame certain foods that we eat when acne lesions or some pimples start popping up.
if you’ve read my articles on food causing acne, you will know that chocolates greasy food you know fried food do not cause acne however there is growing evidence that consuming food high in simple sugars in refined carbohydrates and even dairy can cause a spike in our insulin which is then related to increased incidence of breakouts and exacerbation of your acne insults
This one I’m sure at least one of you have tried it before and not just for pimples toothpaste is a great way to clear acne I’ve used toothpaste before not for acne. However, I’ve used it for burns you know because of that cooling and soothing sensation you feel that it may have some anti-inflammatory effect toothpaste may contain any of the following ingredients your baking soda your hydrogen peroxide alcohol sometimes even triclosan that can dry or you know temporarily improve your pimples.
But remember that toothpaste not meant to put on our skin they’re meant to be used on our teeth so if you apply them on your skin it can cause redness irritation and even allergies also most toothpaste contains fluoride which can lead to breakout and can exacerbate existing acne lesions instead of using toothpaste to temporarily remedy your pimple you can opt to buy you know spot treatments from your drugstores that contain salicylic acid your clindamycin or your benzoyl peroxide.
8. Squeezing or popping
Now this one I’m sure everyone has tried at least once in their lives it’s squeezing or popping out our pimples will make it heal faster I remember way back in high school or maybe that was college when you have this ripe pimple with that white and yellow thing peeping out. You feel that squeezing it and removing the contents will make your spot go away I was guilty of that, and I’ve done it you know more than ten times in my entire life, and sometimes it does improve, but most of the time it ends up making my acne lesions worse.
It’s because when you try to squeeze your pimple, sometimes you end up pushing your bacteria the dead skin cells and debris more profound into your skin which can spread it and lead to more inflammation and more infection now when more inflammation and more swelling and infection happens this can lead to scarring.
So don’t try to squeeze your pimples on your own no matter how clean you may think your fingernails are even if you use q-tip I know that sometimes I still do that. Nevertheless, please try to avoid that it is best to leave your pimple alone and let it heal on its use, of course, your anti-acne medications but for those emergencies like a wedding, an event or a party or you know a big celebration. You have that pimple that you want to get rid of just come to dermatologists we can do a proper incision and drainage to empty the contents of your spot using steroid equipment or can only do an introduction steroid injection.
For more information Acne myths