Myths and reality about acne
It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between what is true and what is false when it comes to acne. Here is some information about a few widespread misconceptions.
Acne: a normal concern
Nearly 80% of adolescents are affected by acne to various degrees. Although the problem often disappears on its own, it can sometimes also persist after adolescence. In fact, up to 25% of adults complain about occasional or chronic acne. That debunks the widespread myth that acne is age-related!
Acne is not a serious health problem in itself, but its worsening can lead to the appearance of permanent lesions and scars. Therefore, it is completely normal, and even advisable, to take the necessary measures to care for acne when it occurs.
Some typical myths
Acne is caused by a fatty and sugar-rich diet.
To date, it has not been clearly determined if the quality of nutrition really influences a person's susceptibility to suffer from acne. According to some data, it is possible that eating certain foods could prevent or promote acne, but that doesn't allow us to determine the source of the problem. One thing is certain, choosing a healthy and balanced diet is always a guarantee for better health!
Exposure to the sun dries out pimples and improves acne.
Many people believe that exposure to the sun improves the appearance of acne-prone skin. From a practical perspective, this is often not the case. Tanning, and especially, sunburns stimulate sebum production and secretion—which is likely to promote an acne breakout. Therefore, it is preferable to protect against the sun's rays by choosing a quality sunscreen designed for the face, without oil and that is non-comedogenic.
Acne makes it impossible to take hormonal contraceptives.
In fact, nothing could be more untrue! In many cases, the opposite is observed. Although it is true that hormonal changes can sometimes cause the appearance of acne, hormonal contraceptives available nowadays present the advantage of often reducing common acne. Therefore, acne is never contraindicated for hormonal contraceptives, quite the contrary. If you have the impression that your acne has gotten worse after starting a drug treatment, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Acne is most often due to poor hygiene.
Poor hygiene is never at the root of an acne problem. Rather, its onset can be explained by other factors, such as heredity and hormonal changes like those observed at puberty. No one is immune to acne. However, it is true that poor hygiene or not removing make-up at night can worsen pre-existing acne. On the other hand, cleaning your face too often or using abrasive products can also irritate the skin and lead to an increase of the number of lesions. Therefore, it is important to find the right balance and to focus on the appropriate skin care measures, such as:
- cleaning the skin morning and night with a gentle product designed for acne-prone skin
- carefully removing make-up at night before going to bed
- gently exfoliating the skin to remove dirt and dead skin, which contributes to excess sebum
- hydrating the skin with an oil-free and non-comedogenic product