Today I thought I’d do a post about acne, as I’ve noticed it’s a topic that lots of people are talking about, and it’s great to see it playing a greater role in the media.
My skin has been very up and down since secondary school, and while everyone experiences bad skin in different ways, it has always been an insecurity for me. I’m sure lots of people can relate to skin that goes from clear to flaring up in a matter of days, or watch it get progressively worse, only to clear up again all on its own.
Acne comes in all shapes and sizes, and while it can be painful, itchy, and annoying, it should never be something to be ashamed of. Some decide to take medication to tackle it, whereas others find home remedies and creams that help to manage the condition. Some people like to find ways to cover it up, whereas others choose not to wear make up. Everyone’s approach is different.
So today, I thought I would do a post about some of the “myths” surrounding acne- and maybe offer a few ideas that I’ve found have helped me manage it over the years.
Myth #1: People with acne are dirty
This is one that I see all the time, and I don’t understand it. If someone has acne, it does not mean they are dirty, or that they don’t wash their face. In fact, if someone has acne they probably have a regimented skin care routine. It probably takes them twice as long to clean and moisturise their face every morning, and so we definitely need to move away from this ridiculous myth.
Myth #2: Acne is “easy” to manage
This could not be further from the truth. Many people have to deal with the tough side effects of acne medications before they see any difference in their skin, and it can be a real struggle.
For lots of people, having acne is no small thing, as many experience a lack of confidence or self-esteem because of their skin, and so it shouldn’t be down-played as nothing more than occasionally having a few spots.
Myth #3: People with acne must have a bad diet
Medical professionals are still unsure how far diet has an impact on your skin. But while eating poorly may lead to more break outs for some people, it is wrong to assume that people with acne must eat badly.
Many people who experience acne have cut out different food groups from their diet in an effort to work out if there is a link between their food and their skin, and I know people who have gone vegan, vegetarian, gluten/free and dairy free, often all in vain.
Here are some ways that I’ve found have helped me manage my acne. I know I’m lucky that my flare-ups aren’t nearly as bad as some people experience, and so I’m sure these tips won’t be helpful to everyone, but these are a few things I’ve been trying recently.
Tip #1: Put a barrier between your skin and your make up
I know very little about make up and beauty products, but I am in a vicious cycle of wearing make up to cover up my skin, but then of course that same make up is clogging my pores, making my skin worse. So a tip to avoid this is putting a barrier between the make up (such as foundation) and your skin. I use a simple moisturiser under my foundation, and I’ve found that this makes a real difference.
Tip #2: Vitamin E
Vitamin E is known to have a great properties for your skin, and that’s why avocado is used so liberally in face masks and skincare routines. So I’ve been trying to eat more vitamin E, and I also found some make up wipes that contain the vitamin. These are great for removing make up, as well as making sure my skin gets a boost of vitamin E.
Tip #3: Avoid spreading flare-ups
This one might sound simple, but if you’re anything like me it’s something that often gets forgotten. Wash your make-up brushes really regularly to avoid spreading bacteria, and keep your hair away from your face as often as possible to avoid excess oil congregating in areas where you’re prone to break outs. I’ve also found that washing my hands after using my phone or keyboard has made a slight difference, as these surfaces can build up a large amount of bacteria.
Acne is a difficult thing to manage, and I completely relate to anyone who is struggling to find skincare routine which works for them. I’m still on that journey, and it can be tough. Everyone’s skin is different, and whether you have constant acne, or the occasional flare up, it can make you feel insecure and different to other people- especially if you feel like you’re surrounded by clear-skinned people.
But it’s not something to be ashamed of, and the increasing presence of people experiencing acne in the media is helping to change the way we view acne. I hope to see more representation of this in the media, to help people feel less alone in their experiences!
Do you often hear any “myths” about acne? Do you have any treatment recommendations ? What do you think of my suggestions?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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