Is it a fact or fiction? There are many skincare dos and don'ts that are speculating around for many years now. While some of them are trustworthy, a lot are just based on rumours. Our skincare expert, Isabelle dug deep to uncover the truth!
1) Eating oily food, chocolates or drinking soda causes acne.
It is a widely held misconception that eating oily food or chocolate causes acne. There is no scientific evidence that proves this statement. It is unquestionable however that sustaining a well-balanced diet is a major contribution to your general health.
2) Wearing make-up makes you spotty.
One may choose to apply makeup on skin, especially if acne is not red and inflammed. Word of caution - please look for makeup that are nonacnegenic or non-comedogenic. Makeup which contains these will usually not clog your pores. Also, many concealers in the market now contains acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which you may want to consider investing in especially if your skin is prone to acne. And unquestionably, removing your makeup and cleansing your face before you have your beauty sleep is definitely a must!
3) Popping pimple is fine as long as you know the right method to do so.
Think you can safely pop a pimple? Think again! Popping that small little zit can irritate it further, causing it to become more inflamed and possibly leaving a hideous scar. You also risk of spreading the bacteria deeper into the surrounding skin cells, prolonging your healing process. So don't ever think about squeezing them!
4) Toothpaste helps treat acne and pimples.
This myth has been passed down from generation to generation. You may have heard it from your parents or friends. Although some toothpaste may contain ingredients that aids in drying pimples, it is not the recommended treatment. Some might even contain ingredients that irritates pimple even further causing it to be red and inflammed.
5) You can tan your acne away.
Not only baking your skin under the sun an ineffective way to reduce acne, overexposure also puts a person in danger and risk of skin cancer. While it may seem like it reduces the spot, it merely masks the redness of acne and blemishes. Moreover, the skin becomes dry and flaky which leads to wrinkles.
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