Growing up, we’re given all sorts of advice to prevent acne and then how to get rid of spots we may have, and we also hear how to prevent wrinkles and when we should begin to use anti-aging. But there is so much conflicting advice out there that it’s hard to know what is right. In my research into skin care, I have come across so much interesting information and now I’ve compiled some potentially shocking myths along with their truths and brought some of them into one place so you don’t have to go looking around for them!
Here’s the truth behind what you hear about skin care:
1. Myth: Skin should feel tight and tingly after washing.
Truth: Tightness after washing is actually your skin telling you it has been stripped and irritated. If you feel that then the cleanser you were using was too harsh and can cause breakouts as your skin will produce excess oil to make up for it being stripped so harshly.
Have you ever put toothpaste on a spot because you were told it would make it vanish? I have when I didn’t know any better. It causes that familiar tingly feeling which you’re told you’ll feel when it’s working on your skin. Yes, it’s working… it’s working hard to beat bejeebus out of your skin that only needs love and affection. When you feel that tingly sensation on your skin, that is your skin trying to tell you with all it’s might that it is getting irritated by what you put on it. You shouldn’t need any kind of uncomfortable sensation to know a product is working.
2. Myth: You must drink more water to rid your face of acne/ to hydrate your face.
Truth: This is simply not true and there is scientific evidence to prove it! The idea of drinking water to be rid of acne comes from skin needing more hydration but the fact is drinking water is the least effective way of hydrating your skin. Yes, water does flush out toxins in your body, is crucial in keeping the bodily cells hydrated and regulates body temperature. This is evident by all the trips to the toilet you’ll make when you drink a few litres. However, this flushing of toxins in your body does very little to your face when there are so many other factors that contribute to skin problems that unfortunately cannot be solved by drinking more water than everyone else.
3. Myth: Your skin gets used to products and they therefore stop working.
Truth: Not true. Your skin may form a certain type of tolerance to vitamin A derivatives like retinols and prescription retinoids thus your skin may need an increase in strength of these for them to take the same effect (sounds like I’m talking about drugs) but with normal everyday skin care ingredients and products, this is not the case. However, a reason why it may seem like your product isn’t working in the way it used to is because it has reached the capacity for the change it can make. This is where you need something stronger to have the same effect, i.e. something from your doctor.
4. Myth: Chocolate and greasy food cause acne.
Truth: Two years ago, when I went through a drastic change in my diet for quite a few months where I drank 4-5 litres of water a day, cut down on portions, cut down on refined carbohydrates and high GI foods and basically ate a lot of spinach, although I lost a good amount of weight, it became clear to me that all of that dietary change did not do one good thing for my skin. In my personal case, my skin was at the worst it had ever been.
However, I shall not deny that your diet affects your skin because it does. The reason why for some people it may seem like their blemishes reduce once they cut out chocolate is because the common chocolate brands we all know and love use milk as a main ingredient (obviously), and milk contains the growth hormone IGF-1 that grows acne. Many acne sufferers have stated cutting out dairy cured their acne. But that’s the topic of a whole other post. I’ll put a link down below if you’d like to know more on that topic.
5. You will grow out of acne/breakouts.
If you are male, you can “grow out” of these kind of problems because men’s hormones level out after puberty and don’t really change much during their life. However, it seems females got the short end of the stick once again as females never really “grow out” of acne or getting breakouts because our hormones fluctuate throughout our whole lives. Women can get acne during puberty but also because of their menstrual cycles; they can get pregnancy acne and even menopause acne. This means that even if you didn’t have such skin struggles during your teen life, it doesn’t mean you absolutely won’t get them later in life.
SKIN CARE TIPS:
- The best thing you can do with your diet is try cutting out something you have suspicions on what you think could be causing you acne (like refined carbs) for a few months to see the effect on your skin.
- When looking for a product take into consideration packaging: an airless pump keeps out oxygen and unlike in a tub you won’t have to keep putting your fingers in the product – which as you know, can be very unhygienic. Also, an opaque – as opposed to clear – packaging blocks efficacy reducing sunlight.
Further reading/sources links:
Read about the link dairy has to acne:
There are so many myths that we’re told even by those we’d think would know better that I’d like to make a part 2 to this topic. Leave a comment to tell me what you thought of this post!
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