According to the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, acne can be irritated by many factors, such as hormone levels, oil from skin products, the environment and stress.
While these factors are proven causes of acne, there are still many myths about skincare and acne breakouts.
Crystal Wellman, a master aesthetician, reveals the truth behind skincare myths.
For optimal skin health, here is the truth about the following myths:
1. Myth: Oily skin does not need a moisturizer
Fact: Oily skin tends to become dehydrated (lacking water moisture) and can stimulate oil glands to produce more oil to balance the skin. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer everyday.
2. Myth: Toothpaste is a good spot treatment for a pimple
Fact: Most toothpaste contain sulfates which irritate the follicle in the long run.
3. Myth: SPF will make me breakout
Fact: Finding the right SPF is key. Find a good non-comedogenic SPF that uses a physical block like Zinc.
4. Myth: Scrubs and motorized facial brushes will clear my acne
Fact: Scrubbing acne skin can make the inflammation worse; so instead use gentle non-comedogenic cleansers and an exfoliating serum to prevent the acne from forming in the first place.
5. Myth: Chocolate and soda causes breakouts
Fact: There is no proven study that shows that chocolate or caffeine can cause and/or irritate acne.