I often find myself giving my piece of mind to sales girls who very sweetly try their best to piss me off by selling some skin product meant for oily skin just because I have seasonal pimples on my face. While I understand that it’s her job to give me her “expert” opinion, I believe I can be the best judge of my skin type. I have been blessed with dry skin. It’s neither oily nor combinational and I can assert this fact from all the knowledge i have gained over the period of time. And the fact that all the products available in the market are designed to address acne caused by oily skin really ticks me off big time.
While I would not deny that oily skin is more prone to acne, one can also not deny the fact that even people with dry skin are susceptible to acne. Due to dryness of the skin, the natural oil restoring mechanisms try to generate oil and release oils from our glands to take care of the situation. Also, as our skin dries it tends to get flaky, these dead cell residues in forms for flakes tend to clog our pores. Especially in winters, when our skin has to fight dryness due to low humidity levels, our skin is more prone to irritations caused by bacteria which thereby clogs our pore and tend result being those ugly pimples on our face.
So here we come to the second myth about acne.
Moisturizer Causes Acne
As we all are aware with the function and objective of a moisturiser, it is patently clear that we need to use one to fight the dryness on our skin. Especially when all medicated washes and acne treatment products dry out skin. But make sure you choose your product carefully. Don’t opt for stuff that is too greasy. Avoid non comedogenic products. So you can opt for a product having tree tea oil or gel based moisturisers containing salicylic acid or glycerine.
No, I don’t encourage unhygienic habits. Obviously we should meticulously follow a strict cleansing regime. But using harsh soap or face washes and scrubs to get rid of oil is definitely not encouraged. Harsh products may irritate your skin further. Don’t rub and dry your face. It would be better to pat dry your face. Follow CTM religiously. Avoid use for toners with high concentrations of alcohol.
Popping the Pimple Will Get Rid of It
I have seen many people squeezing out pimple. But i believe that will just help to get rid of the eruption but leave behind redness and those horrible marks, which I personally find difficult to manage.
Daily stress Gives Rise to Pimples
The daily stress that our body undergoes neither initiates nor aggravates our condition. Though excessive stress definitely brings about hormonal change in our body, and such disturbance in our hormonal levels might cause acne. But routine stress does not bring any change in our hormone levels.
Acne is for Teens
I have seen many people advocating that all teens will have acne and once you grow up, it will be fine. But the fact is people of different age groups can suffer from acne.
Acne Cannot be Cleared
No matter what you do, irrespective of the large number of products you use, or beauty treatments you undergo, or even with controlled diet, acne will not be cleared is a myth. One should figure out the cause. It could be hormonal or dietary or environmental and accordingly one should choose products to be used.