February 10, 2015 Angela Melero Spotlight

5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Acne

In the skincare world, acne is one those topics that we just can’t get enough of. Why? Because it’s an issue that a majority of people have had to deal with at some point in their lives. An the facts and myths surrounding acne are endless. From teenage, hormonal acne to adult acne, there is a wealth of knowledge on the causes and cures of this blemish-causing problem. However, we’ve discovered a few facts here and there pertaining to acne that you may not have heard before. Check them out — you may be surprised!

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Drinking Water Doesn’t Cure Acne

Unfortunately water is not the magic potion that will make all of your breakout woes disappear. However, drinking lots of H2O can be helpful in promoting the flow of nutrients and vitamins to your skin and ridding your body of toxins and waste. This will allow your skin to function properly and better combat acne-causing bacteria.

Sugar and Dairy Are NOT Proven Causes

This is a controversial statement. While many would argue that sugar- and dairy-filled foods will lead to breakouts, there is no concrete proof supporting this fact. However, it is safe to say these two food groups aren’t doing anything to benefit your skin and depending on your skin sensitivity, can trigger negative reactions in your mugs if consumed in excessive amounts. Fill up on vitamin-packed foods PROVEN to your body and skin good: blueberries, spinach, almonds, etc.

Sun Exposure Can Make Acne Worse

You’ve probably heard the myth that a little time in the sun will help you zap those zits. Well, you heard wrong. What you’re actually seeing is the sun darkening the skin and reducing the appearance of redness around your acne. In reality, sun exposure can actually make acne worse for those prone to breakouts. UV rays weaken the skin’s barrier and cause it to lose moisture. To counteract this moisture loss, your skin then produces excess oil, which leads to clogging and breakouts. Yikes! Moral of the story? ALWAYS wear that sunscreen! 

Moisturizer is Still a MUST When You Have Acne

Oily-skinned ladies tend to step on the gas with acne products and put the brakes on any added moisture on the skin, for fear that it will lead to a breakout catastrophe. Take it from us, you don’t want to skip the moisturizer! Acne products contain ingredients that can dry-out the skin. Similar to its reaction to sun exposure, your skin will react to the lack of moisture and produce excess oil, which leads to more breakouts. Do yourself a favor and pick up an oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and healthy!

Product Recommendations: Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15, L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture Even Skin Tone Normal Skin Day Lotion

Your Laundry Can Be an Acne Culprit

Yup, that’s right. Your LAUNDRY. Little did you know that the things you come in contact with on a daily basis could be causing your skin to breakout. For example, your pillowcase gets up-close and personal with your mug every night and can become a graveyard for dead skin cells and bacteria. If not washed regularly, that yuckiness all over your pillow will make its way onto your face and lead to clogging and acne. Make sure to wash your pillowcase at least once a week in hot water to ensure all that bacteria is killed and far away from your pretty face. The same goes for your towels. Towels are often used and left hanging on hooks and shower doors without a second thought. They are then used again throughout the day for drying your face or body and can transfer bacteria onto your skin in the process. YUCK! Make sure to clean your dirty towels after they’ve been used to avoid this terrible acne-filled fate! 

Which of these facts was most surprising to you? Sound off in the comments below!

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