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!
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.
Toothpaste applied directly to a spot can help dry it out, but don’t make it your go-to treatment plan. ➻
We know that it can be a bit overwhelming when choosing a mask. Sizes, consistency and smells sometimes throw us (and our budget) off. We turn your experience into a breeze.
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  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  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  Garnier Moisture Bomb Chamomile Tissue Mask (R44.95).
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  Skin Republic Platinum + Diamond Powder PeelOff Face Mask (R38).