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3 acne myths you need to forget now

3 acne myths you need to forget now

Myths busted — your skin deserves the truth

With so many acne-treating tips and tricks shared on the Internet and between friends, how are you supposed to know what actually works? Let us debunk some of the greatest acne myths for you — and your skin. 

1. The more you wash your face, the less breakouts you’ll have  

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Over washing can dry out and irritate your skin. No matter how aggressively you remove dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin, it’ll never be enough as acne occurs within your skin — at the root of your pores. Healthy skin has a natural ability to regulate acne-causing bacteria. Acne happens when the skin has weakened and there’s an imbalance in bacteria.

Washing your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser is sufficient to maintain clean skin. Once in the morning and once at night — to remove all the make-up and gunk from the day. One anti-acne ingredient to look out for is Thymo-T, which can reduce acne-causing bacteria and return balance to the skin.

2. The sun can make acne disappear

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Our skin needs its daily dose of Vitamin D, but too much sun can damage it and cause breakouts. Excessive sun exposure leads to dry skin, causing your sebaceous glands to produce excessive oil in compensation. Together with the dead skin cells accumulated from time spent under the sun, pores are more likely to get blocked and breakouts are more likely to occur. When recovering from acne, too much sun can also contribute to dark scars and spots, resulting in unsightly scarring. Slap on the sunscreen and be conscious of how much time you spend under the sun.

But remember — sun exposure doesn’t result in immediate acne as it takes time to develop. So, don’t be fooled by your sun-kissed glow after an afternoon by the pool as you may be in for an unpleasant surprise a few weeks later.

3. There’s nothing we can do — pimples appear overnight

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A pimple may surface overnight, but it started forming several weeks before, some experts say. Which means whatever you did yesterday, indulge in fried food, or keep a late night, wasn’t exactly responsible for your new zit this morning. It would’ve started as a white head, and the inflammation would’ve built up for weeks before appearing at the surface as a pimple. Always maintain a good skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle to avoid any “last-minute” surprises.