‘Your acne would go away when you grow up’ they said. Sadly, your teenage life has been nothing but a big lie. Your scarred face is the sign of the battle you fought in your puberty, and probably are still fighting even after you have come a long way ahead in your life. Clearly,acne goes away with time is the first myth you should know of. Rest are these 9 myths that most men consider to be true. Don’t worry because we separate facts from fiction!
1) Only men with oily skin get acne
Men with oily skin is definitely prone to getting pimples, but by no means are they alone in this battle. Any person, with any kind of skin type—right from to dry, to normal to combination can get affected by this plague.
2) Frequent washing will help keep your skin clear
Acne originates from deep inside the pore and washing only happens superficially, only on the surface of the skin, so this statement is definitely false. That’s not to say that having a clean face isn’t important, but washing your face several times a day can actually trigger your skin to produce more oil to make up for the lost moisture. Just wash your face twice with a light face wash that either contains salicylic acid or tea-tree oil.
3) Acne can be cured
No, unfortunate as it is, there’s no cure for acne. You can treat acne with the help ofcombined skin products and medication. There will come a point in your life when you’ll FINALLY grow out of it, but till then just maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
4) If an acne medication makes your skin worse, you need to stop the treatment ASAP
Any acne medication recommended by your doctor will do things—1) It will exfoliate your acne-ridden skin which is basically the shedding of dead skin cells and 2) because it’s an external treatment, it will start a chemical healing process on your skin which basically explains the redness. So, yes your skin will seemingly look worse in order for it to get better. This, however, is temporary. If your skin remains irritated for a prolonged period, then you MUST consult your dermatologist immediately.
5) Popping zits make them go faster
NO, it doesn’t. Sure, it will reduce the size of the pimple especially if it’s pustular acne (I know, gross!) but that will only aggravate your skin more and spread the bacteria causing you to breakout further. Additionally, it also takes longer to heal and will leave pesky spots on your face.
6) Using moisturizer on an acne-prone skin will make it worse
Some moisturizers, which are oil-based and have heavier ingredients might cause your pores to block. But, if you use a water-based, light moisturizer on your face, you’re good to go! Any product that will help you get rid of pimples will dry out your skin, so using moisturizer on your face will help it keep hydrated while you get used to the medication.
7) Toothpaste cures acne
No, it doesn’t. I’m not sure how and when this myth came into picture but toothpaste has no acne-curing agent. If you were able to get rid of acne after applying toothpaste, then you surely got lucky dude. In fact, toothpaste contains ingredient(s) (especially Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) which are known pore-cloggers and can cause nasty irritation and redness.
8) Eating greasy foods cause acne
Chocolate, junk food, etc have long been known to aggravate the condition, but the truth is that there has been no scientific evidence to back up the claim. That said, there is no harm in staying away from such food items and eating a more balanced diet replete with fruits and veggies for your overall well-being. Also don’t forget consuming 8 liters of water every day.
9) Growing a beard cures acne
Shaving does not cause acne; so by that logic, ‘not shaving’ should cure it, right? Wrong! Sure, your face will look better because well, beards make everyone look good, and you can’t see the pimples anymore but they are still very much there. Using a sharp metal on an already uneven skin will definitely have some disadvantages but you can take some precautions. For starters, soften the beard first with a hot, wet washcloth for five minutes and then shave. Other treatment options include shaving in a different direction, exfoliating with a facial scrub that will open up your pores and making the shaving easier and using a sponge on your skin.