You’ve probably heard people say, “acne is just a rite of passage.” That might be true for some, but not all. And if you don’t want to go through the pain of acne, then it may be time to learn how to manage your skin properly.
The truth about acne is that there are many misconceptions about what causes and cures it; here are 6 common ones, along with the facts behind them:
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Popping a Pimple Is Okay
You might think that popping your pimple won’t do any harm as long as you do it the “right way,” but what many people don’t know is that there is no right away, and popping a pimple is never okay.
A lot of teenagers and adults alike enjoy popping their pimples and feel that it’s a great way to get rid of acne. However, you’d be surprised to learn that popping your pimple can actually cause more acne breakouts!
What normally happens when you pop a pimple is that you’re forcing bacteria into the open wound. This bacteria might get onto your hands, then into other pores on your face, which will give rise to more acne breakouts.
The best way to treat a pimple is by cleaning it with water or an antibacterial soap twice a day and leaving it alone.
In addition, popping a pimple may lead to scarring, which can be permanent.
If You Stop Stressing Your Skin Will Clear Up
Many people think that acne is caused by stress and that if you don’t stress out about your skin or anything else for that matter, you’ll be able to get rid of acne.
This isn’t true either because the hormones in your body which produce sebum (skin’s natural oil) can cause acne whether you’re stressed or not. In fact, triggered hormones may even give rise to more severe cases of acne.
The only way your skin won’t flare-up is when you take action to prevent it from getting worse. There are several ways you can do this, including:
- Wash your face twice a day
- Avoid oily hair products and makeup
- Always wash your hands before touching your face
- Don’t pop pimples
To manage acne, you need to stop waiting for an acne breakout and start controlling how much oil is released by the sebaceous glands in your body. If you want to keep having clear skin, take action now instead of believing in these misconceptions.
What You Eat Won’t Affect Your Acne
If you think food doesn’t affect your acne, then you’ve been greatly misinformed because what you eat does affect it. The best way to go about clearing up your skin would be to cut back on sugary foods, white bread, and alcohol (obviously).
All of these foods can cause your blood sugar levels to spike, leading to a release of insulin. If you’re wondering why that has anything to do with acne, then let me take you through a little biology:
Insulin is a hormone in our body that controls the amount of glucose (which comes from food) we have in our bloodstream. When we eat too many carbohydrates or sugars, they can get caught in our bloodstream and cause an increase in the production of insulin.
Excess insulin in our body can cause an increase in testosterone, which then stimulates the sebaceous glands in your skin, leading to acne.
With this in mind, you must keep your blood sugar levels low and avoid eating foods like white bread, sugary snacks, and alcohol.
Going For a Tan ‘Dries Up’ Your Pimples
Many people assume that going for a tan will dry up your pimples, thus helping remove them. But this isn’t true because tanning can actually cause your skin to flare up.
To understand why you have to think about the different types of pimples that are linked with sun exposure:
- Pimples filled with pus
- Skin inflammation
All of these are caused by UVA rays that pass through your skin seven times deeper than UVB rays. Tanning may cause your skin to look better (temporarily), but these UVA rays are the main causes of wrinkles, acne, and premature aging.
Eating Chocolate Won’t Make Your Acne Break Out
Chocolate is a huge trigger food for people who are dealing with acne because it triggers insulin spikes in your body, just like sugary snacks and white bread.
When you eat chocolate (and other foods like cake, candy bars, etc.), your blood sugar levels will rise rapidly. If you’re dealing with acne, then this can mean that they’ll be too high for too long.
The result of this is an overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands, which can lead to more breakouts on your skin. Although it may taste good, eating chocolate every day isn’t beneficial for managing acne at all.
Only One Acne Medication is Required in Your Skincare Routine
Some people think you only need to use one acne medication in your skincare routine, but this isn’t true.
Although topical medications can significantly improve the look of your skin in a short space of time, they are not guaranteed to work for everyone because everyone’s bodies, hormones, and lifestyles are different. This means that it is essential to have different acne products and medications to get rid of acne.
It would be best to speak with a specialist who can help you find the right medication and products to treat your acne and help reduce scarring and prevent future breakouts.
What to Keep in Mind
While acne is a widespread skin condition, many misconceptions about managing it exists. We’re here to help you dispel them and share our own tips for managing your acne successfully!
Our blog post has covered everything from myths surrounding diet changes to misconceptions about popping pimples. If you have any questions or need more information on anything we discussed in this article, don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re always happy to help!