Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people globally. It can be frustrating and annoying to an affected person. Additionally, it can affect a person’s self-esteem and even prevent them from carrying out their daily activities. Although acne is common, there is a lot of misconceptions and stigma about it. The most common causes of acne are bacteria, hormones, excessive oil production, and clogged hair follicles.
Here, we debunk the top 4 acne myths you may have across during your struggle with acne.
Myth #1: Acne Clears Faster If You Exfoliate Your Skin Daily
While exfoliation is excellent for the skin, exfoliating daily on active acne is likely to cause more irritation on the skin, swelling, redness, increase the chances of scar formation and worsen your acne. Always wash your face gently twice a day with a mild cleanser. Once your active acne has cleared, you can opt for a chemical exfoliant 1-2 times a week.
Myth #2: Using More Acne Treatments Can Help Clear Acne Faster
Using more acne treatments will cause more irritation on the skin and eventually worsen your condition. Instead, use a pea-size amount and avoid mixing with other active ingredients unless prescribed.
Myth #3: Acne Treatments Work Immediately
We wish acne treatments could work immediately; however, they can take up to 12 weeks to work. Be patient with your skin and avoid quick fixes.
Myth #4: Diet Doesn’t Cause acne
Research shows some foods can increase acne inflammation, e.g., cow’s milk, sugar, etc. It is important to note that diet is not the only cause of acne. It can be caused by genetics, hormones, or even a combination of all the above.