Myth #1 “It’s all from my diet.”
There are many food myths surrounding acne. For example, eating greasy food has little to no effect on acne. But working in a greasy area, such as a kitchen with fried food, can cause acne because the oil splashed onto the skin can clog pores. In some studies, milk, especially skim milk, has been linked to worsening acne, but it is not a major cause for most people. A more clear link is found between simple sugars and acne. This may be the reasoning behind the chocolate myth. While chocolate alone does not cause acne, eating regular sweets and drinking sugary beverages has been well proven to increase total body inflammation and can worsen acne.
Myth #2 “I just need to wash my face more.”
Acne isn’t caused by dirty skin and lack of adequate hygiene is rarely a problem. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Your face only needs to be washed 1 to 2 times a day, with a facial cleanser and your fingertips, not with a harsh detergent or wash cloth. This should take place after sweating or vigorous exercise, at the end of the day to remove make-up, or after being exposed to greasy environments, such as fry kitchens. If you wish to exfoliate, only very gentle, low abrassion polishes should be used on the skin, and only 2 to 3 times a week.
Myth #3 “I should not wear make-up if I have acne.”
Cosmetics don’t necessarily worsen acne, especially if you use oil-free makeup that doesn’t clog pores (“noncomedogenic”) and remove makeup every night. Do not feel the need to quit all foundation or powders. Simply check the label. Do make sure you clean your make-up brushes on a regular basis so you do not increased the spread of acne causing bacteria. The same is true for sunscreens, moisturizers, and even hair care products. Select oil-free products only for use on or around your face or acne prone areas.