Common Misconceptions About Teen Acne
There are countless misconceptions about teen acne. Some are downright ludicrous old wives’ tales, but others appear factual and can be quite misleading. Here are ten of the most common ones that you may have already heard of.
1. Popping your pimples can make them disappear faster.
Want a zit to disappear the next day? Pop it and squeeze out all the icky stuff inside. Nah! This isn’t just a fallacy—it can even make your breakouts worse. Popping or squeezing your pimples push bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess sebum further into the skin. This exacerbates inflammation. You’d end up with more swelling and redness. Worse, you may end up with deep scars that last forever.
2. My friend’s acne cleared in a few days and so will mine if I copy the regimen.
An acne treatment kit worked wonders on your friend, so it’ll definitely be perfect for you as well, right? Wrong. There is no single treatment that is perfect for everyone. Acne varies in severity and manifests differently in each individual. Some would only have whiteheads and blackheads, while others would also have pus bumps and inflamed cysts. So, what works for your friend won’t necessarily work for you.
3. You have acne because you don’t wash your face well.
How many times has your mother told you to wash your face lest you wake up with zits on your face? Well, she isn’t entirely right, and neither is she completely wrong. Washing your face does ease breakouts, but dirty skin alone does not cause acne. There are other factors involved, which we’ll discuss later.
4. Acne will clear faster if you scrub your skin clean.
Let’s get this straight: you can’t scrub acne away. On the contrary, scrubbing can make it worse and cause more irritation. This is why exfoliation should only be done once a week.
5. You’ll have acne breakouts when you eat greasy foods.
There is no proven correlation between fatty foods and acne. So, excessive amounts of fatty foods may not directly affect acne breakouts or oily skin. Still, it’s always best to eat a healthy diet, so do avoid greasy foods.
6. You can clear up your skin if you get a tan.
The sun won’t zap your acne away. Getting a tan may temporarily mask your acne, but brace yourself for more intense breakouts. The sun can dry and irritate your skin. Even tanning machines can have the same effect.
7. Apply more medication or treatment to make pimples disappear faster.
More isn’t always better. If you keep getting breakouts or want them to disappear faster, you might be tempted to use more acne medication than what is required. Be cautious about doing this as too much medication can make your skin dry and prone to irritations. If your acne treatment isn’t working, just see a dermatologist.
8. Wearing makeup causes acne breakouts.
This is a generalization as not all makeup causes acne. Using the right makeup that suits your skin type won’t clog pores and trigger breakouts. You can still put on some makeup as long as you choose products that are non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Also, keep your makeup brushes clean as these can harbor bacteria.
9. Acne will clear on its own once the teen years are over.
Oh, we all wish this were true. Unfortunately, acne doesn’t always go away after we go through puberty. While acne is typically most common during the teen years, it can persist well into adulthood. The good thing is it can be managed with proper hygiene, an effective skin regimen, and a healthy lifestyle.
10. Everyone has acne so it’s really no big deal.
It is true that a wide majority has teen acne, but that doesn’t mean it’s of no importance. Acne not only causes physical problems such as permanent scarring but also leads to psychological issues such as poor self-image and depression. So, it is a big deal that should be addressed properly.