We often hear that acne only affects the teenagers but as we grow older, we know this is not true. Women of all ages can get affected by acne, though admittedly, it is probably more common with the younger ones due to their skin conditions and raging hormones. There are many misconceptions surrounding acne and while some are pretty ridiculous, some do sound logical and are actually believable.
According to Acne.com, an online resource on acne myths, causes, types as well as tips on preventing acne, these seeds of misinformation can blossom into a bigger skin problem for those who suffer from persistent acne, leading them to practices that can actually make their acne worse. It is therefore important to understand what are these myths, and get on course to the proper treatment.
In addition, those who are constantly plagued by acne would also want to know that some make-ups include ingredients that are considered comedogenic, or substances that are known to clog pores. It’s best to look out for those products that are “non-comedogenic” but having said that, other ingredients do play a role in triggering acne breakouts as well.
Fragrance for example is a major culprit and acne sufferers should also stick with products labeled as “fragrance-free” or “hypo-allergenic” as this ingredient is also a major cause of allergic and irritant reactions on the face.
Another claim I just came across recently is that Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which are found in 95% of commercial shampoos, causes acne too.
I’m guessing that certain shampoos may contain more of such ingredients than others and if you happen to be more allergic to such ingredients and use a shampoo like that, then chances of an acne breakout could be higher.
So if you’re proned to acne breakout, you not only need to get educated and understand the preventive measures, but the correct products to use or avoid, which unfortunately can be a painful trial and error process for some.