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Top 10 Acne Myths You Need To Bust Now!

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Top 10 Acne Myths


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It’s time to decode the facts and go myth-busting to end all the misinformation around acne management!

Top 10 Acne Myths:

Here are the popular misconceptions around acne that you may have too!

  • Myth #1 – Acne Is A Skin Problem That Affects Only Teenagers:
    While it is true that acne primarily occurs around puberty, it can continue to affect adults because of a variety of reasons such as hormonal imbalance, certain medications, stress and more!
  • Myth #2 – Acne Only Affects Women:
    That’s not true even though the condition may be more widespread in women. A study indicated that almost 15% of males also have acne.
  • Myth #3 – Greasy Foods Cause Acne:
    Greasy food may not directly cause acne, but regular consumption can undoubtedly trigger your breakouts. So, it’s best to stay away and consume a balanced diet to boost your overall skin health.
  • Myth #4 – Wearing Makeup Causes Breakouts:
    Technically, makeup won’t cause acne. However, products that contain harsh chemicals can clog pores and increase your risk of having acne. So if you want to use makeup, look for products which are hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic to avoid irritating your acne-prone skin. Also, make sure you clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. So a little caution while buying the product and washing the makeup tools can help prevent acne.
  • Myth #5 – Carrying A Girl Foetus Can Trigger Acne During Pregnancy:
    That is something far from the truth. Acne during pregnancy may be a result of the hormonal changes that take place during that phase. However, the sex of the baby doesn’t play any role in triggering acne whatsoever!
  • Myth #6 – Poor Hygiene Causes Acne:
    Maintaining hygiene is essential to enjoy healthy skin. However, aggressive washing and scrubbing and use of wrong skin care products may aggravate your skin inflammation.
  • Myth #7 – Picking Pimples Triggers More Acne:
    Picking pimple doesn’t necessarily trigger more breakouts. However, it may increase your chances of having pigmented marks and permanent scars.
  • Myth# 8 – Sun Exposure Can Lead To Acne:
    Exposure to the sun can increase inflammation and redness, which can lead to hyperpigmentation. Some acne medicines could make you extra sensitive to sunlight so it may be a good idea to stay away during peak sunlight hours. But, it doesn’t lead to acne.
  • Myth #9 – Acne Is A Serious Issue:
    Well, no! Even though it is on the minds of 90% of the population, it is not a life-threatening concern. It can, however, have a significant impact on one’s skin texture and tone, as untreated acne can lead to permanent scars.
  • Myth #10 – Popping A Pimple Can Help You Get Rid Of It:
    The truth is the exact opposite. Squeezing a pimple can lead to increased inflammation and scarring. If you want to get rid of your pimples, never pop them.

Now you know facts about acne, consult a dermatologist at the earliest to prevent acne from recurring, aggravating and causing permanent scars.

Hope this article was an eye-opener for you and helped you improve your knowledge about acne. Why wait? Go ahead and spread the word! Stay tuned for more interesting skincare related updates!

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Richa Prakash

Richa Prakash

Richa has over ten years of experience as a writer and editor. She has worked with the top print media house in the country like The Times of India for six years at Delhi and Hyderabad. She switched gears to foray into the digital content space and make a mark for herself. Having headed editorial teams for various blogs on diverse genres, including parenting and fashion, she is proficient in producing quality content after understanding the pulse of the audience and matching the business goals of the organisation. She is an expert in various forms of writing and editing, right from news and lifestyle to business, brand content and feature stories. As the Chief Editor at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic, she guides the team of writers and editors and coordinates with senior dermatologists to curate medically accurate content for the common reader. She is passionate about driving the quality of content to the next level and making sure it is at par if not better than the best in the industry. Her current responsibility entails her to ensure that the company website and blog emerges as a reputed compendium of accessible, credible, and comprehensive dermatological information catering to the Indian market. When not writing or editing, she loves to bond with her child, read World literature, hone her culinary skills and listen to music.


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