This post is not in any way a shaming post. I’ve done most, if not all of the mistakes listed below. My goal is only to help you not make the same mistakes I made early on in my quest to calm and treat my acne. I hope it helps.
Nope. Just. No. I’ve been down this road and it caused havoc on my skin and made my acne so much worse in the long term. Deliberately drying up your skin by stripping moisture-binding substances on the skin’s surface hurts your skin’s ability to fight acne causing bacteria and encourages more breakouts, and unfortunately, causes post acne marks to stick around longer. Be gentle with your skin. Acne prone skin is sensitive skin and you need to treat it with kid gloves. The best thing I ever did was to start using skin care products that are specifically formulated to calm, control acne bacteria, and speed up healing. Check out the products and skin care routine that have worked best for me here.
Not true! Dirt doesn’t cause acne. There are several factors that could be causing your acne, but dirt isn’t one of them. Acne can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, internal inflamation, stress, hair care products, and defintely using harsh products to cleanse or harsh scrubs to exfoliate. Using harsh scrubs, soaps, foaming face washes, and over-cleaning your face will inevitably create tight, dry, flaky, and aggravated skin. Your skin is now in chaos mode and will over compensate by producing more oil and sebum, which will clog your pores and lead to painful breakouts. Start embracing gentle cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser in the morning, or don’t cleanse in the morning at all. I no longer cleanse in the morning and have found it to be one of the most effective ways to balance my skin. I only use a soft wash cloth and lukewarm water to cleanse in the morning. Use an oil cleanser at night to wash away make up and your sunscreen. Make sure the oil cleanser doesn’t contain oils that are potentially pore-clogging. I made this mistake with coconut oil. Do your research. Another great way to gently exfoliate your skin on a daily basis is to use a BHA product with one or two percent salysilic acid. Salysic acid is derived from aspirin and has anti-inflammatory properties. It penetrates the oily layer of the skin and helps dislodge blackheads along with dead skin cells. Beta hydroxy acids help unclog your pores, prevent pimples from forming, and keeps the skin smooth and clear.
I wish this was true but again, nope. Spot treating can definitely reduce the redness and swelling but it won’t work with the breakouts that are just starting to develop underneath the skin. Spot treating is ok only if you get a pimple once in a while but if you’re dealing with mild to moderate acne consistently, spot treating isn’t an effective option. So, use acne-fighting products on a daliy basis where you breakout.
If something feels uncomfortable or straight-up like liquid fire on your skin, don’t use it. Ever. Stay away from products like alcohol and essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil. Witch hazel is not good for your skin. Menthol and citruses like lemon are no good either. These ingredients can actually sensitize your skin and lead to irritation. Either immidiately or over time. Some of these ingredients are great to smell and can have calming or energizing effects when you smell them but they don’t belong on your skin. They can make acne worse, so just stay away from them.
Have a I missed any acne myths? What ingredients and/or products were big fails for your acne-prone skin? Leave a comment ( I love reading them) or drop by The Deciem and Ordinary Chatroom to further discuss.
Much love XX