Acne Myths Busted!

Acne myths are plentiful and before we BUST the most common myths, let’s be clear on the two most important aspects.

  • Acne is not infectious: you can’t ‘catch it’ nor can you ‘pass it on’.
  • Popping pimples and spots is not the best way to get rid of it. In fact, it can make the situation worse leaving you with more breakouts and scarring.

Here are five common acne myths: BUSTED

1. Rubbing banana skin over breakouts will cure my acne

Sorry, but this won’t work!  It is true that bananas are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamins C and B6.  However, your skin will benefit much more from eating the fruit, not rubbing the skins on your skin.

2. If I close my pores I won’t get spots

Absolutely not!  In fact, you want to keep your pores open and clean as they have very important jobs to do. They hold hair follicles, allow you to sweat and the sebaceous glands connected to the hair follicles, produce sebum to condition and protect your skin.

3. The harder and more often I exfoliate, the quicker my spots will go.

NO! Exfoliation may create more harm than good to your skin barrier. Your skin is sensitive, even more so when you have a skin condition like acne. You need to use gentle and effective products to get the best results.

4. Moisturiser will make my acne worse.

Wrong again!  It’s really important to moisturise your skin in order to nourish, protect, soften and condition, thereby locking moisture in and preventing the skin from drying out. It is important that you look for acne-specific moisturisers that are non-comedogenic (so they don’t block your pores) and help with hyperpigmentation (darker patches on your skin) and scarring.

5. Sleeping in make-up is OK every now and then.

Oh no it’s not! You want to unblock your pores and remove unwanted bacteria, skin cells and sweat that also sit on your skin alongside your make-up. Otherwise, your skin could suffer from more breakouts.

If you think about it, those myths are a mixture of ‘miracle cures’ (no such thing!) and justifying poor hygiene (never an answer!) and it is totally understandable to want it to disappear overnight but the truth is, it takes time, care, a 360 approach along with a sensible, regular skincare routine to achieve noticeable differences. 

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