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3 Common Misconceptions About Acne


There is no
need to tell you that half of the things you read on the internet are not true,
right? Like one of my favorite “Trim your hair every month and it will grow
longer”… Ain’t no such thing. Trust me, I am a Biologist. Since acne is one of
the most common skin concerns that affects women at all ages, and thus the
internet is full of misleading information about it, I’ve decided it would be a
good idea to do some myth busting for you. Let’s see what we got!

Acne-Prone Skin Does Not Tolerate Natural
Oils

I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that this is the biggest misconception about acne. Not only
oils are not bad for acne prone skin, but they can actually
improve its condition, if chosen accordingly. What matters when it comes to
getting the right oil for your skin type is the ratio of lanoleic to oleic acid.
Since acne sufferers often have low levels of lanoleic acid in the skin surface
lipids their skin produces sebum with altered composition – it’s much thicker,
thus more likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. Therefore, to restore the
balance what you need is oils that are rich in lanoleic acid – wheat germ oil,
hempseed oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, etc. Some of these also have additional
properties that your skin can benefit from – rosehip oil is rich in vitamin C –
powerful antioxidant that protects the skin cells, while tamanu oil has strong
anti-inflammatory properties and is known to be the “ultimate skin healer” (it
promotes new tissue formation, reducing the appearance of scars by speeding up
the recovery of damaged skin)

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It’s All About What You Eat

While I
agree that you eating habits play essential role when it comes to the condition
of your skin, the diet by itself (be it the healthiest one out there) is not
the ultimate cure for acne. Indeed, there are some people that see incredible
improvement in their skin after quitting sugar, dairy products or meat, but it
doesn’t work for all. Besides that, solving complex problems requires complex
approach, thus changing just one aspect of your lifestyle is highly unlikely to
help you get rid of acne. Let’s not forget that the products you are using,
your hormone balance and even the climate affect the way your skin looks.

Acne-Prone Skin Needs More Washing

No, no, no!
The worst thing you can do to acne-prone skin is abusing cleansing, thinking
that this is the key to clear skin. Let’s be clear – acne is not caused by
impurities, it’s caused by bacteria and if someone has told you that by washing
your face 3 times a day, you’ll get rid of all pimples, they’re wrong! It
is true that good skin hygiene is essential because impurities can really make
acne worse, but that doesn’t mean you have to wash and scrub your face like
crazy, all day long. Overdoing cleansing leads to disruption of skin’s lipid
balance – your skin gets drier and it starts producing more sebum, which
obviously leads to more clogged pores and more pimples.

Note: Make sure to use gentle cleansers and toners, preferably organic (SLES and alcohol free!)

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