I had bad acne in high school and I tried a bunch of different products and methods to get rid of it. Some of them “worked” or at least I convinced myself they were working. Now, my acne is clearing, but I can’t exactly say what happened. I think it’s been a mix of teen hormones, lack of commitment, and a lack of research. I’m paying more attention to skin in terms of how it can be classified and how my eating and daily habits affect my skin. While researching, I still see methods that are promoted that don’t offer any real skin benefits. Here’s some myths that could be discouraging our healthy skin journey.
Witch Hazel CURES Acne
Witch hazel used the right way can have its benefits for sensitive or irritated facial skin. It can minimize inflamed acne or breakouts, but this is not an acne treatment. It will not rid you of acne through continuous use and using this product often could be damaging the barrier function of skin over time. Most dermatologist don’t have beef witch hazel and they agree it is safe for application, but moderation is key.
I found out people were putting lemons on their face from Twitter. After more research I found lemon does have skin benefits like reducing inflammation, skin lightening, increased collagen, and it can get rid of dead skin cells. However, lemons are very acidic, meaning they can cause extreme irritation. So my oily skin people, this may not be the thing for you.
Oily Skin Doesn’t Need A Moisturizer
This is a personal one for me because I have oily skin. At one point in my life, I stayed away from oils and moisturizers because I thought I would be too shiny, or the product would clog my pores more. The truth is there are moisturizers that are too heavy for acne prone skin and we should avoid silicone and heavy emollients. However, a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates the skin is ideal. So shop around until you find the combination that works best for your skin routine.
Eventually, Your Acne Will Go Away
It is normal for people to experience acne from the time they’re in high school to the time they retire. It is also normal for people to develop acne even if they had clear skin in high school. About 12 percent of women and 3 percent of men have acne in their 40s. This isn’t to discourage, but it is a reality and there’s nothing wrong with that. As far as my research stretches, acne doesn’t have dangerous health effects.
If you can, talk to a dermatologist. Google can only do so much when it comes to health. At home remedies are convenient, but they can do more damage than good in some cases. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The last thing you want to do is damage your skin even more.
By Triniti Maye, Junior, Saint Xavier University