6 Myths about Acne
Back by popular demand, dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, helps us get to the truth about blemish busting. And we include our recommended superhero products–tested and loved because they truly work!
If you have acne, you need to wash your face until it’s squeaky clean.
Fact: People with oily skin often erroneously believe that if they can get rid of the oils on their face they will erase their acne. In reality, over-scrubbing and harsh cleansing products only exacerbate the problem. Conversely, people with dry skin can also suffer from breakouts. A more effective skincare routine includes using gentle products that are designed for acne-prone skin.
Superhero product: This 4-piece kit works synergistically to reduce and prevent future blemishes, without stripping skin dry. It includes a non-greasy sunscreen that works to protect skin from further pigmentation.
Blackheads are dirt particles trapped in your pores.
Fact: Open comedones, those darned little dots normally found vacationing around your nose and chin, are actually tiny pockets of sebum and dead skin cells that have risen to the surface of your skin and turned black due to oxidation. Resist the urge to squeeze blackheads! A good facialist may be able to massage them out also.
Superhero product: this exfoliating clay mask may help lift them out after several uses.
Myth #3 If you have acne, you should not exfoliate.
Fact: Actually, exfoliation is key to preventing breakouts. Sloughing off or dissolving the top layer of skin on a regular basis prevents excess oils and dead skin cells from getting trapped inside pores, especially the hair follicles. Exfoliating also encourages younger, fresher cells to surface.
Superhero product: this polishing gel cleanser removes impurities and cosmetic gunk with pineapple extracts, while calming inflammation and reducing spots with salicylic acid.
Myth#4 Acne only affects adolescents.
Fact: Regardless of your age, hormonal changes can occur and contribute to acne. During puberty, pregnancy or during your period, hormonal activity can prompt pimples to appear. Since this myth is so prevalent, many acne-fighting products on the market are targeted to younger, oilier skin, while adult skin tends to be drier and has different needs. Look for products that help fight breakouts but are also designed for mature skin.
Superhero product: this oil-free gel moisturizer contains a collagen-plumping peptide that targets fine lines plus Canadian Willowherb, which helps heal blemishes and the marks that acne can leave behind. Bonus: it helps makeup go on smoother!
Myth #5 Eating greasy junkfood causes acne.
Fact: Acne sufferers often produce more sebum, but this condition is genetic and the natural oils in your skin are not derived from the oils in fried foods. Keep in mind, however, that good fats, like those found in avocado, walnuts, olive oil, and omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, and scallops, help strengthen your skin’s ability to repair itself. Aim to include a source of healthy fat in each meal, every day.
Superhero product: avocados are great butter substitutes in baking recipes. Replace butter or shortening, which contain heart-clogging saturated and trans fat, using a 1:1 ratio.
Myth #6 Wearing makeup makes acne worse.
Fact: Some beauty products, even expensive ones, can clog pores and encourage or worsen acne. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wear makeup. Many cosmetic brands now offer a non-comedogenic alternative, which means they won’t clog pores. Some products even include acne-fighting ingredients. Be sure to apply your sunscreen/moisturizer before make-up, as you want the most important ingredients closest to your skin.
Superhero product: these mineral foundations and powders provide not only coverage but sun protection as well. And they’re devoid of potential irritants (oil, talc, dyes, synthetic preservatives, and parabens).
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