My favorite newly famous person, Lorde, has just gained even more points in my book. She shared a picture of herself with acne cream on. Okay, girl, I see you. I hate that I have to say this is a brave move, but it is. For some reason we hold celebrities to these standards that they can’t possibly have acne like us normals. But they do. And they don’t use ProActiv.
Acne is a very misunderstood thing. I’ve been struggling with mine for what feels like my entire life. I still deal with it now, and I’m 23-years-old. I take very good care of my skin, but I’ve also accepted that acne-prone skin is part of my DNA. It’s frustrating though how people still love to give me advice on what I should be doing. So let’s clear up some acne myths and focus on understanding our own skin!
Myth: Dairy Causes Acne
People love to blame dairy for acne, but the truth is, there is not enough scientific evidence to make a legitimate connection. Drinking milk or getting extra cheese on your pizza is not the source of your blackheads.
Myth: Chocolate And Sugar Cause Acne
Chocolate is another suspected culprit for acne, which is really unfair because chocolate is amazing. Science hasn't been able to find a link between chocolate or sugar and acne. Really, they can't find any link between diet and acne.
Myth: Your Friend's Product Will Work For You
Ummm, no. I always had friends telling me that their dermatologist gave them this awesome cream or they tried this drugstore product. Everyone has different skin! Even if you have a similar skin type to your friend, it's not the same. If you're struggling with your skin, see a dermatologist who will help you find the best solution for you.
Myth: Acne Is Just For Teens
It's true that acne is really prevalent in teens because, well, hormones. However, acne doesn't just affect teens. Some people have acne in their teen years and don't ever deal with it again. Some people go through their teen years without getting a single zit, and then suffer from adult acne. Acne can affect people of every age.
Myth: Drinking Water Cures Acne
Hydration does help your skin because water is really good for you, but drinking water is unfortunately not a cure.
Myth: Scrubbing Your Face Makes Acne Go Away
Fighting the urge to scrub your face to death can be really hard, but you can't scrub off your blemishes. Exfoliating can help your acne, but over-exfoliating can make it worse because it causes irritation.
Myth: Having Acne Means Your Skin Is Dirty
Nope. Acne isn't caused by surface bacteria, it's caused by bacteria deep in your pores. Washing your face too often can actually make acne worse by irritating and dehydrating your skin.
Myth: Tanning Makes Acne Go Away
I know when you get a tan that your skin may look a little brighter and some blemishes may go away. That's because the sun dries out your skin. However, tanning is the opposite of beneficial to your skin. Over-exposure to UV rays can lead to more blemishes, not to mention skin cancer. Protecting your skin from the sun is way better.
More acne myths you’ve got to stop believing:
Do you struggle with acne? What myths have you heard? Tell us in the comments!