Acne Myths Debunked

Teenage girl puts her fingers in her ears not listening to acne myths

When a common condition like acne is surrounded by so much hype and misleading information, it can be hard to know what to believe and get down to the cause of acne.

Let us help you cut through the confusion and tackle a few of the most common acne myths head-on.

Myth #1: Toothpaste zaps zits

Sure, there are some ingredients in toothpaste that could shrink a spot. But – and this is a big “but” – toothpaste is not made for the skin, so using it could also cause dryness and irritation. While this could (potentially) mean bye-bye zit – you may end up saying hello red rash.

Myth #2: Acne isn’t a family thing

Unfortunately, it can be. Studies have proven that the chances of acne are higher in folk whose parents or siblings have had it so, genetics do have a part to play.

Myth #3: Popping spots gets them gone

No. And so many times, no. Popping spots can result in the acne-causing bacteria to go further into the pore. Popping can also increase the chances of scarring. Do not pick your spots. As much as you believe it’s your calling. As much pleasure as it brings you. Don’t do it. Instead, you could try our treatments that include benzoyl peroxide and trust in its ability to kill up to 95% of spot causing bacteria.

Myth #4: Dirty skin causes acne

Stop over cleaning. The bacteria that can cause acne (Cutibacterium acnes or C. acnes) is already on your skin. Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked. This can be caused by excess oil and when C. acnes (a form of bacteria) contaminate and infect the plugged follicles. Sticking to a twice-daily cleansing routine, with a cleanser that targets oily and spot-prone skin, will help keep excess oil and dead skin cells at bay.

GB-ACC-2000037 December 2020



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