Dispelling acne myths and claims

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.


  1. Tracy says:

    great information ? i am one who found out that my shampoo was causing my breakout!

    another factor to note for women with adult acne. it may be hormonal so if you are trying to conceive, it is best to seek the advice of your doctor and to find out for certain if those hormonal changes can affect your fertility.

    Tracy: Sigh…being a woman can sometimes be so much troublesome eh?

  2. Lia says:

    great post! for acne face like mine, definitely a joy to read this, informative. thanks!

    Lia: Hey, glad you found something informative there. ?

  3. Suz says:

    This is very informative. I, guess I need to stop experminting and stick with just 2 products. I use proactiv always do you think I should stop using it? Without it I feel nothing else works for me. It’s the only product which I see gr8 results with and I am scared to go with out it.

  4. sesame says:

    Proactiv may suit some people but not others. I haven’t examined the ingredients but my understanding of acne treatment products can cause skin to become drying or irritated in the long run. So if there is nothing wrong with your skin, don’t use them.

  5. ella says:

    i always have a breakout whenever i’m ovulating and it always took 2-3 weeks before its gone. my problem is it leaves scars. do you have anything in mind that can help me?

  6. sesame says:

    It’s got something to do with hormones being imbalance and that’s why you tend to breakout. However, I’m hesistant to recommend you products to balance hormones without knowing your health conditions, etc. Best to care for your skin like frequent washing during that period and also exfoliating. Use a product to keep the acne under control via external application. Thursday Plantation has a good blemish balm for that.

  7. Jenny says:

    It’s true that acne can stick around for a long time if you don’t do something about it.
    Thanks for posting this great info.
    Jenny last post is: Acne Pimple Treatments : All You Need to Know Is Here

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