Facts or Fiction: What Do You Know About Acne?
Andrea gives you the real answers to these fact-or-fiction questions on acne for once and for all!
Do you need different products when you are a teenager?
FICTION – This is NOT true.
Treating blemishes and breakouts is no different for a fifteen-year-old than for a fifty-year-old.
What you need is specific products which are appropriate for your particular skin type – i.e. sensitive, oily, dry, etc.
The sun clears up acne
FICTION – This is NOT true.
You may think the sun is drying out the skin and your tan is helping to camouflage the breakouts.
In fact exposure to sun increases the skin’s oil production, releasing more oil from the sebaceous glands onto areas of sun-damaged skin.
You must not forget that the sun is constantly emitting ultraviolet light that can create free radicals and lead to health concerns such as sun damage, skin cancer and premature ageing.
Acne is curable
FICTION – Sorry but this is NOT true.
It’s not all bad news. Acne can be kept under control with daily cleansing, exfoliation and hydration and by sticking to a consistent routine, though it may take time to find the best combination skincare products.
Eating too many chips causes acne
FICTION – That’s False
Eating foods high in oil doesn’t mean that oil can make its way from your intestines to your pores!
Although it’s probably a good idea to eat chips in moderation for your general health.
Only teens get acne
I am afraid NOT although it is very common for teenager’s to get acne due to their hormones. However, up to 64% of men and women in their 20s, and 43% in their 30s, have suffered with adult acne.
Adult acne affects women more than men as acne is associated with hormonal fluctuations, which women encounter throughout their lives. We are seeing an increase in ladies over the age of 50 suffering with acne.
Acne is caused by dirty skin and poor hygiene
FICTION – No it isn’t
Acne is not caused by dirt. Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked.
The glands begin to produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle.
If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead.
The best thing to do is wash your face with an exfoliating cleanser twice a day to help remove dead skin cells daily.
Pimples will go away faster if you pop them.
Nonsense – It will only make things worse and they will stay around for longer. By squeezing a spot you will only make the area more inflamed, and can cause a scar due to injury to the skin.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ACNE OR OUR ACNE TREATMENT PRODUCTS?
Then contact our skincare advice team. Our skincare experts are happy to help you find the best products for your skin.