The Truth Behind the Most Common Acne Myths

Allegra Falconer 

There are many acne myths out there. And sadly, they are causing a lot of guilt and confusion among young people. Check out the sections below to learn the truth behind the most common acne misconceptions.

Acne and Dirty/Oily Skin

Acne MythsWhile oily glands do contribute to acne, too much cleaning will exacerbate the problem. When you over-clean, you dry out your skin. The resulting irritation aggravates your oil glands. With that said, all you need to do is wash your face once or twice a day. In the meantime, use a pimple cream to help the acne heal quicker.

Acne and Food

There are no official links between sweet food and acne. And yes, this includes chocolate, one of the main culprits in this myth. However, there are people that have allergic reactions to food. When this happens, the skin becomes more susceptible to an acne attack. So, if you find yourself getting acne after eating certain foods, stop eating them for a week or two and see what happens. If there is a correlation, know that it is not the food but rather the allergy that is causing the problem.

Acne and Sex

Sex does not cause acne. However, some may make that correlation because acne tends to surface around the teen years. What they do not realize is that the acne is being caused by overactive hormones, not sex. You could be a virgin and still suffer with acne.

Makeup and Acne

Of all the acne myths this is the only one that has some merit. If you use a greasy, oily makeup you might experience an increase in acne. But there are many cosmetic products that do not affect acne. Such products usually toute a “non-acnegenic” label. So, if you must wear makeup during an acne attack, consider using brands that sport that description. At the very least, such brands will keep your acne from getting worse.