6 Persistent Myths About Acne that We Hear Every Day
If you have acne, you’ve probably tried everything to get rid of it. And along the way, you’ve probably also heard a lot of advice from friends and relatives who are trying to be helpful – but unfortunately, many times they just spread those acne myths that are at best not helpful and at worst, harmful to your skin. What helps the most with acne is regular skincare and healthy habits that improve your skin’s ability to fight infection and inflammation.
Here are six myths we hear all the time about acne that you should be sure to avoid:
Myth #1: Just put a little toothpaste on your pimple and it’ll cure your acne. Never use a product that’s not designed for skin on your acne – including toothpaste. This myth probably started when someone used a toothpaste brand that had a little hydrogen peroxide in it, which is an ingredient that might help acne. However, toothpaste has a lot of other ingredients that were never intended to be on your skin’s surface, so it’s best to ignore this myth and stick with trusted products from the skincare professionals at Summit Salon Academy KC.
Myth #2: Just hit the tanning bed and it’ll cure your acne. This myth is a dangerous one because exposing your skin to the UV rays in a tanning bed or from the sun actually damages your skin even worse. Too much exposure will dry out your skin and cause premature aging – fine lines and wrinkles that show up sooner than they should. The worst part is that damaging your skin with extra exposure to the sun won’t work to cure your acne anyway.
Myth #3: Cleanse your face all the time with soap and you’ll get rid of acne. While it’s important to cleanse your face as part of your daily skincare routine, never do it with regular soap, which can dry out your skin and cause even more problems. Instead, always use a cleanser from a professional salon brand like Dermalogica that is formulated specifically for your skin type, and only use it as often as directed by your Summit Salon Academy KC esthetician.
Myth #4: Don’t moisturize if you have oily skin. This myth might seem to make sense since oil seems like moisture, but it’s actually not true. Most skin is oily because the oil glands overproduce to try to make up for lost moisture. If you starve your skin of moisturizing, you’ll likely only make the oily skin/acne situation worse. Instead, use a professional hydrating product that is specially formulated for oily skin to help balance out your skin’s moisture.
Myth #5: Sunscreen always causes more acne. This is another dangerous myth because it keeps people from using sunscreen to protect their skin. It’s the type of sunscreen that matters – if you have trouble with acne, avoid the sunscreens with ingredients like mineral oil and silicone because those can be a problem for some people. However, many sunscreens today are designed to be gentle to your skin with ingredients that nourish instead of irritating.
Myth #6: Keep piling on the acne medication to get rid of pimples. While it’s tempting to use more products when you’re waiting for acne to heal, using too much will just dry out and irritate your skin. Only use the directed amount of a professional brand acne product and take other steps to help prevent acne from starting, like getting regular professional facial treatments at Summit Salon Academy KC’s luxury salon.
How do monthly professional facial treatments help fight acne? They work by:
- Allowing a professional to assess your skin regularly to spot and treat any skin health problems in advance.
- Giving your skin a deep clean to clear up clogged pores that can cause infection.
- Extracting problem areas before they become worse.
- Infusing nourishing vitamins, minerals, and other compounds and serums to improve your skin’s health.
- Stimulating healthy blood circulation to deliver nutrients under the skin, as well as stimulating your lymphatic system to drain away toxins.
- Exfoliating away the dead skin cell layer on the top of your skin that can clog pores and leave your skin looking dull.
- Giving you some relaxing time in the spa for much-needed pampering to help reduce your stress levels.
Ramp up your skincare game with regular facials from the fully trained esthetics students at Summit Salon Academy Kansas City. You’ll get personalized service from a student trained in our world-class esthetics program at a reasonable price, so you can get the regular facials you need for great skin. All students are supervised by professional, licensed estheticians. You can find us at 815 West 23rd St S in Independence, MO, or call us at (816) 252-4247 x301 to schedule your facial treatment appointment. You can also find more information, book an appointment, and get reminders for your hair color appointments right on your mobile device with our free mobile app. Download it today from iTunes and Google Play.