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Acne Myths Busted!

Updated on February 25, 2015

Greasy Pizza

Forget What You Think You Know About Acne

Myth: Eating lots of chocolate and greasy foods cause breakouts.

Actuality: No, there is no evidence of this despite what many articles will tell you. It is easy to imagine that greasy foods can cause breakouts but they don't. Well, that is unless you wipe your grease covered hands all over your face... Just think about all of the people you know that have unhealthy diets but also have clear skin. It is easy to assume that grease contributes to acne but the correlation between the two doesn't go much further than someone who happens to have acne is eating a cheeseburger. It's the same as saying that someone has autism because they are drinking a soda.

Washing Your Face

Myth: Washing your face a lot will help clear up acne.

Actuality: Washing your face more than once in the morning and at night is harmful to your skin and will most likely cause more acne because it causes your sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin to work harder. We were meant to have some oil on our faces as protection for our skin. By drying this out, our body goes into overdrive to create more oil to rectify the situation. Irritation of the skin will not help you here. It is recommended that you wash your face gently with a mild exfoliating scrub once or twice a day depending on your needs. Keep in mind that you should only use your hands for this, do not use an abrasive washcloth or sponge.

Makeup

Myth: Makeup causes breakouts.

Actuality: OK, this one is a little trickier. If you ask most dermatologists they will tell you to wear foundation that is dermatologically tested. I, as well as many others, truly believe in this. There is a chance your pores will become clogged but it is very important that you wash your face thoroughly that night and remove it before you go to sleep. NEVER go to bed with makeup on. Your face needs to breathe too!

I hope some of these myths cleared up all of what you had heard about Acne that was not true! If you have any questions or another myth you would like cleared up please let me know I would be more than happy to put in the research for you and find out.

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