Skincare Spotlight: Adult Acne
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For many of us, acne was something we suffered from as teenagers and eventually grew out of. But for a large percentage of the adult population, persistent acne is still a major problem. Certain lifestyle factors and genetics are known to dictate your chances of developing adult acne, as well as what kind of acne you might suffer from. An overwhelming number of acne products are available these days, all of them assuring you of clear skin – and yet, the harder you try to zap away your zits, the more obvious they become. With this being said, there are products out there that do help and make your acne a lot more manageable. Here are some myths and facts when it comes to adult acne.
MYTH: Your diet has nothing to do with acne
Researchers have found that there is indeed a connection between your food choices and acne. For example, a team of scientists examined the diets of more than 200 people and found that those who ate more sugary foods, dairy products, and unhealthy fats, as well as those who consumed less fish, were more likely to have moderate to severe acne.
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MYTH: Chocolate gives you acne
Even though there’s a clear connection between nutrition and acne, it’s not only because of chocolate, although it does contain many of the ingredients that tend to put you at a higher risk of getting acne. The darker the chocolate is, the less sugar and fat it contains, so try to choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.
MYTH: Acne only happens to teenagers
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 50% of women between 20 and 29 years old, 35% of women between 30 and 39 years old, and 26% of women between 40 and 49 reported having some degree acne. Adult acne is more common in women than in men, largely because of more dramatic hormonal changes.
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MYTH: Makeup makes your acne worse
It’s true that some products can clog your pores and ultimately cause pimples, but the right makeup can actually improve acne. Powder foundation as opposed to liquid products can help absorb the oil that would otherwise clog up your pores.
MYTH: Toothpaste can heal a zit
Toothpaste contains baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, and essential oils, which help dry pimples out. But since toothpaste isn’t made for your face, it often causes a rash. If you use toothpaste on zits, you’ll basically trade one skin problem for another. You’re much better off using skincare products with natural and soothing ingredients proven to help with acne and spots.
MYTH: Breakouts happen if you don’t wash your face enough
When you wash your face too much, you strip your skin of its natural oils. This makes your skin dehydrated, so it overcompensates by producing more oil, clogging your pores and worsening your breakouts.
Do you suffer from adult acne? What skin remedies have worked for you? Let us know what you think!