Clearing up myths about acne
Myth 1: Acne only happens during puberty
While most people start developing acne during their teenage years, it can still persist or emerge during adulthood with varying levels of severity. Adult acne may be attributed to different factors ranging from hormonal fluctuations, stress, diet and even cleansing habits. As skin cell turnover slows down with age, it can also take longer to heal.
Myth 2: If you have acne, you need to wash your face more
Many people mistakenly think that if acne is refusing to go away, it must be that our face is too oily. Conversely, washing your face too much can strip your skin of its natural oils, drying it out and causing it to overcompensate by producing more oil. This in turn clogs pores, exacerbating breakouts. Scrubbing your face can also cause irritation, so it’s important to choose a cleanser that is gentle on the skin.
Myth 3: Using a stronger product will definitely clear my acne
Acne can be a distressing condition to live with, leading some people to believe that stronger products are a sure way to get breakouts under control or clear them quickly. However, products that are too harsh can cause irritation to the skin and potentially weaken it in the long run. Moreover, many of these products may not be healthy or sustainable either.
Myth 4: Popping pimples will make them go away faster
The embarrassing sight of a pimple can tempt us to pick at them in the hope that they’ll disappear soon after they’ve been popped. However, this can make things worse, leaving behind unsightly scars which may take a long time to heal and are harder to treat.
Myth 5: Acne will go away sooner or later
Unlike teenage acne which may eventually improve, if you are still facing acne as an adult, it is important to treat it to prevent breakouts from recurring and also lessen chances of scarring. You may also want to consider if you are using the right skincare products for your skin type or condition.
CLEAR is a skincare series that calms acne. It increases the skin’s antimicrobial peptides to strengthen its resistance against acne-causing bacteria, improving its protective function and reducing the recurrence of breakouts over time. It also prevents the aggravation of breakouts while treating inflamed areas of the skin.