Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world and for many people it can seem like a never-ending battle to take control of their skin. Acne Awareness Month is celebrated every June to discuss treatments and reduce stigma associated with this condition. With the endless amount of information surrounding acne, it's hard to distinguish fact from fiction, so we’re here to set the record straight on 5 of the most common acne myths:
MYTH: Moisturizing is bad for oily skin
Washing your face too much can remove your skin's natural oils, which may cause it to produce more oil leading to more breakouts. When you use an appropriate serum or moisturiser after washing your face, it helps to balance oil production and maintain your skin's healthy moisture levels throughout the day.
MYTH: Sunscreen can cause acne
The key here is to check the ingredients. If your skin is prone to breakouts, avoid chemical sunscreens and products that contain oils and silicone. Opt instead for a physical sun block such as zinc oxide that won't cause or aggravate acne.
MYTH: Acne is caused by dirty skin
There are several processes that take place in acne development. Unless you are not cleansing your face at all, it's very unlikely that your acne is caused by dirty skin as most of the reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface.
MYTH: Avoid makeup if you have acne
As long as you are washing your brushes regularly and choosing the right products for blemish-prone skin, make up won't aggravate your acne. Many people choose to conceal their spots with makeup to improve their self confidence and that is absolutely fine.
MYTH: Only teenagers get acne
Acne in adults is more common than ever, the number of people who get adult acne has gone up over the past two decades, especially in females. The causes can range from fluctuating hormones, medication, lifestyle or poor skincare.