Acne myths, busted – for free!

A trip to the dermo can be costly! Here, the top acne myths to stop be­liev­ing. Clear skin can be yours!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty flush / Savvy solutions -

Myth 1 SKIP MOIS­TURISER, IT’S A RECIPE FOR CLOGGED PORES

By skip­ping mois­turiser, even oily skin can be­come de­hy­drated, be­cause oil and mois­ture are two sep­a­rate is­sues. But don’t cross it off com­pletely, just look for non-come­do­genic for­mu­las; they won’t gunk up pores.

Myth 2 GREASY FOODS LEAD TO BREAK­OUTS

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, greasy foods don’t nec­es­sar­ily speed up your skin’s oil pro­duc­tion. If you have acne-prone skin, it might be worth cut­ting back on high GI foods (like pota­toes, ce­real and white bread). Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner says data has shown these foods can spike in­flam­ma­tion in the body, which may cause spots and break­outs.

Myth 3 ALL OILS ARE CRE­ATED EQUAL

Not all oils work on all skin types. Cer­tain for­mu­las are too dense to pen­e­trate the sur­face of your skin, leav­ing it greasy. Oth­ers, like tea tree, laven­der and co­conut, are per­fect for acne-prone skin be­cause they con­tain an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties, too, ex­plains Dr Ze­ich­ner.

Myth 4 SUN­SCREEN CLOGS YOUR PORES

Sun­screen is es­sen­tial for ev­ery­one, but if you’re us­ing acne meds (es­pe­cially oral an­tibi­otics or retinoids), you’re ex­tra sen­si­tive to UV rays. A non-come­do­genic for­mula will keep you cov­ered while leav­ing pores un­plugged. Need more in­cen­tive? Those dark marks that re­main af­ter zits heal, may take longer to fade if left un­pro­tected.

Myth 5 SWEAT FROM EX­ER­CISE CAUSES BODY ACNE

Not nec­es­sar­ily, says Dr Ze­ich­ner. “At the most ba­sic level, whether you de­velop acne on your body or face, it’s de­ter­mined by your genes,” he says, “some peo­ple can sit in sweaty work­out clothes all day and not get a sin­gle pim­ple. Oth­ers break out even if they shower right away.” If the lat­ter sounds like you, it may be worth see­ing a der­ma­tol­o­gist for help.

tip!

Tooth­paste ap­plied di­rectly to a spot can help dry it out, but don’t make it your go-to treat­ment plan. ➻

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Com­bi­na­tion, oily skin?

Look out for a clay mask. The prop­er­ties in clay is great for re­mov­ing ex­cess oil while deep clean­ing your pores. As a bonus, it won’t com­pletely dry out your face, leav­ing your skin feel­ing com­fort­able. We like [2] Free­man Feel­ing Beau­ti­ful Sparkling Pear Pore Cleans­ing Mask (R92.95).

Got spots and acne?

Pim­ples and im­pu­ri­ties are your big­gest night­mare and con­fi­dence killer. You need to draw out your im­per­fec­tions, shrink your large pores and dry up your spots. Use a pu­ri­fy­ing mask like [3] L’oréal Paris Pure Clay Blem­ish Res­cue Mask (R159.95).

Sen­si­tive, dry skin?

Un­like oily and com­bi­na­tion skin that needs a mask in or­der to get rid of oi­li­ness, your skin type re­quires a mask that needs to add mois­ture in­stead. Opt for ones la­belled ‘mois­tur­is­ing’ and ‘ hy­drat­ing’. We love [4] Garnier Mois­ture Bomb Chamomile Tis­sue Mask (R44.95).

Dull skin?

If this is you, we know that you’re crav­ing a glow to brighten up your face. So­lu­tion? Go for a ra­di­ance mask that has whiten­ing prop­er­ties. Or try an ex­fo­li­at­ing mask that will scrub away dull and dead skin cells. TRY [1] Skin Repub­lic Plat­inum + Di­a­mond Pow­der PeelOff Face Mask (R38).

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