There are a lot of common misconceptions when it comes to skincare so we're here to debunk five myths about acne that aren't true.
Myth 1: You get acne if you don't wash your face enough
Unless you literally never wash your face this one is completely untrue.
Ideally, you're supposed to wash your face twice a day, morning and night.
Washing your face any more than that is counter-productive and can dry out your skin.
Myth 2: Only teenagers get acne
Many people get acne in their teenage years and grow out of it by the time they get to their 20s but this isn't the case for everyone.
Acne isn't just for teenagers, adults can suffer from it too and it's not a given that you will grow out of it by the end of your teenage years.
Some people don't get any acne as a teenager but get it later on in their adult life and of course, there are always those lucky people who never get it.
Myth 3: Toothpaste can be used as an acne treatment
Toothpaste is not designed for use on the skin and should definitely not be used to treat acne.
While it's true that the ingredients in toothpaste can dry out a spot it can also cause irritation and rashes.
It's best to stay away from toothpaste and use a proper acne treatment instead.
Myth 4: Moisturiser can cause acne
Many people believe that if you have acne you shouldn't use a moisturiser or any hydrating product as it could cause the skin to produce more oils resulting in more acne, however, this is not true.
Dehydrated acne-prone skin actually produces more pore-clogging oil than hydrated acne-prone skin.
So using a lightweight moisturiser every day is actually great for the skin.
Myth 5: People with acne have an unhealthy diet/lifestyle
While diet and lifestyle do play a big part in the condition of the skin not everyone who has acne has a bad diet.
Acne is genetic so people whose parents had acne are more likely to have it too as well as this acne can also be caused by an imbalance of hormones and a number of other things.
So yes, a bad diet can cause acne but don't automatically assume everyone who has it is unhealthy.
If you've experienced acne what are some of your tips for dealing with it?