The 4 BIGGEST Acne Myths

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At Light Touch, we get a lot of patients asking us about acne treatments and products. This is not surprising as about 80% of those aged between 11 and 30 are affected by the skin condition (Source: NHS). Despite its prevalence, there are a lot of myths surrounding acne. We debunk the top 4 below:

1)      Acne only affects teenagers

As acne can be caused by hormonal changes, acne is very common amongst teenagers as their hormones fluctuate during puberty. However, adult acne is incredibly common with people seeing spots persist into their 30s, 40s and sometimes 50s! Indeed, some people sail through their teenage years blemish-free only to start seeing spots in adulthood.

2)      Acne is caused by being dirty, you should cleanse more regularly

A popular misconception is that acne is solely caused by poor cleansing techniques and many sufferers try to tackle acne by over-cleansing. However, the cause of acne is more complicated and over-cleansing can actually exacerbate the problem. By stripping your skin through excessive cleansing you can cause irritation and even encourage the skin to produce more oil!

Cleansing twice a day, like everyone else, is sufficient for those with acne. However, you should pay more attention to what you cleanse your skin with.

3)      Teen acne is just a phase, let nature run its course

As acne is more common amongst teens, it can seem like it is just a rite of passage. However, acne can have a serious impact on your teen’s mental health. Indeed, the British Skin Foundation revealed that 62% of teens have been bullied on the account of their skin.

To counter this, educating your child on what causes acne and helping them care for their skin is essential. If you are not sure how to do this, consider booking a skincare consultation with a medical aesthetician who can put together a skincare plan for your child to get their skin back on track and minimise future breakouts.

4)      You shouldn’t wear makeup if you have acne

If you have acne, you can certainly wear makeup but you need to choose your products more carefully. Avoid oil-based formulas and look for makeup which is non-comedogenic as this means that it does not clog the pores.