We’ve covered quite a bit here when it comes to acne. As far as I’m concerned, there’s far too much hogwash being shared across the Internet, especially when it comes to acne. We’ve heard and seen all the myths. In fact, some of the treatment suggestions that we’ve received via email are absolutely obnoxious and downright crazy.
Yes – I said CRAZY!
That’s because they’re nowhere near being accurate. Not even close and some of the things people have shared are so far off the mark that we’re sharing what we know about them. Not to fill your brain with that junk but instead to prevent you from taking the wrong action.
When it comes to facts about acne, some of them are false, not facts. Here’s a list of the common false things said about acne and clearing up your acne.
Acne Myths You Must Forget…
Before I get into the myths, it’s important that I remind you that we are not professionals, we’re simply editors and bloggers, not doctors. If you’re questioning our advice or something that we’ve published, then good for you – get a second opinion. There’s no harm in doing that, trust me. Now, time to get to the acne myths we’ve all heard too many times.
Myth #1 – Acne is a cosmetic issue.
Some people out there firmly believe that acne is only cosmetic related. This is 100% false and should not be thought of as such. Acne is actually a disease that will progress if not treated properly. Sure, it’s not going to kill you, but there’s nothing good about bacteria buildup within your pores.
If left untreated, things can get ugly in a bad way. Blemishes can multiply and your acne situation may soon find itself out of control. It’s not just related to cosmetic use, but other situational factors as well. Take it seriously or deal with the scarring consequences of not doing so.
Myth #2 – You must scrub your face daily to prevent acne.
If you’re scrubbing your face on a daily basis, I can almost guarantee that you’re doing more harm to your skin than good. Scrubbing causes irritation and it usually makes your skin and acne feel a lot worse.
If you’re washing and scrubbing your face excessively, then oil production increases. Instead, get on a face cleansing schedule and stick to it, please!
Myth #3 – You must let acne run its course.
Whoever came up with this myth is an absolute moron. I’m sorry, but there is no way that leaving acne untreated is a good idea. It’s not just going to disappear or go away. In fact, it’s only going to get worse.
Ridding your body of clogged pores, bacteria, and inflamed skin means that you’ll be able to reduce the number of acne breakouts that you have. Always attempt to clear up your acne, never let it run its course. That’s just a really stupid idea and as bad as it gets.
Myth #4 – Acne isn’t connected to stress levels.
Your acne is 100% most definitely connected to your stress levels. Studies have shown that your acne will get worse the higher your stress levels are. Not only does acne cause stress but your acne gets worse the more stressed out you are.
There is a hormone called cortisol which is a stress hormone. It begins to overstimulate your oil production the higher your cortisol levels are. Keep your body stress free and thank me later.
Myth #5 – What you eat determines whether or not you have acne.
This is somewhat a myth. Though it’s not a complete lie, it’s been said that not enough evidence exists these days to link acne to food intake.
Some people believe that the higher your carb intake the more likely you are to develop acne but that’s not confirmed. The best way to avoid this myth completely is to eat a balanced diet and keep a food journal.
Those are some of the most common myths about acne. If you’re dealing with serious acne like cystic acne and jawline acne, then I suggest taking a look around our site for more information. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a dermatologist for advice. They are the experts when it comes to this stuff, not us. We’re simply here to help, that’s all!