1. Certain foods in your diet can cause acne.
This is probably one of the most common myths about acne that everyone has heard in their lifetime. In particular, probably every teenager has heard that greasy or sweet foods such as chips and chocolate cause acne. Though it may not be healthy to consume those foods, there is actually no correlation between consuming certain foods and acne. Acne is caused due to changes in our skin and not by the food we consume.
2. The more you cleanse and exfoliate, the less chance of a breakout
Properly cleaning your skin daily is very important, but you never want to overdo it. Some people might think the more you cleanse your face and the longer you scrub it, the better their skin will be. In fact, scrubbing your skin vigorously and washing your face too often; actually causes dry and irritated skin, which can aggravate the acne and make it worse. It's best to wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
3. Tanning leads to better skin
Some people believe that being exposed to the sun for an extended period of time has helped with their acne. While tanning your skin can mask the acne superficially by hiding the redness and the blemish, it does not get rid of the acne. In fact, tanning can lead to more long-term effects such as increased risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.
4. Acne only occurs in teenagers
While acne is most commonly found on teenagers due to their change of hormones during puberty, they are not the only individuals who experience it. Sadly, acne is experienced by both genders and at any age, even adults.
5. Make-up will cause acne
Many people with acne often find themselves trying to avoid putting on make-up, as they are scared that these products will clog their pores. But have no fear; there are plenty of make-up products on the market now that are non-comedogenic and some even have active ingredients to help with acne. As long as you choose products that are appropriate for your skin and you take off all your make-up every night, there shouldn’t be a problem putting it on.
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