When it comes to skincare woes, acne is pretty much the most unwanted. Nobody likes it, and we're always searching for the best solutions to obliterate breakouts once and for all. Acne is like the unwelcome guest that keeps coming back; it can pop up anywhere on your body at any time without any regard for your social calendar.
Whether you're suffering from cystic acne or the occasional breakout, it's a good rule of thumb to keep in mind that no two skin types are alike, and what might work for one person isn't universal. However, there are a few known 'facts' about acne that just aren't true. We've gathered some of these facts that you need to stop believing, in order to help you deal with acne in a more reasonable way.
5 UNTRUE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ACNE
MYTH: IF YOU HAVE OILY OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN YOU SHOULDN'T USE OILS
You may have been taught to avoid oil products if you have already oily skin, but the truth is, argan oil and jojoba, which are similar to our skin's sebum, can actually trick the skin into not overproducing oil, thus warding off breakouts. Hemp seed oil also eliminates blackheads and is anti-inflammatory. Rose hip seed and baobob oil helps to heal repair tissue and brighten skin due to high levels of vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
MYTH: SWEATING CAUSES ACNE
It's true: Sweating does not cause acne, because sweat glands are not the same as oil pores. But while sweat alone cannot cause acne, there is a condition called acne mechanica, a form of acne caused by a combination of heat, friction, and covered skin. It's often found on those who sweat under their helmets or wear tight clothing, snug backpack straps, and headbands worn for long periods of time.
MYTH: ONLY TEENS GET ACNE
Adults of any age can suffer from acne! Adult acne usually begins in your late 20s to early 30s. Stress is a catalyst that can play a role in aggravating the condition. Genetics also play a large part, as well. Another hormonal change that can affect adult acne is discontinuing the use of birth control pills. Tap water can play into the rise of adult acne, depending on a city's calcium and magnesium levels.
MYTH: SUNSCREEN CAN CAUSE BREAKOUTS AND WORSEN ACNE
If you choose the right type of sunscreen, you'll never have to worry about sunscreen-induced breakouts again! Look for a formula that contains ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, as these will sit on top of the skin to protect instead of being absorbed. Also look for oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreens, and stay clear of ingredients that can clog pores and cause allergic reactions.
MYTH: ALL ACNE IS THE SAME
Adult acne is treated differently than adolescent acne. Mature skin tends to be drier, so you need to be mindful that you aren't blasting it with harsh products that will further dehydrate it. You don't need to wash with an antibacterial soap, as it can severely dry out the skin and lead to itching and redness. Instead, use a gentle cleanser (because most prescriptions are drying and irritating, and therefore not tolerated in adults).