Acne Awareness Month: Acne Myths Busted


In part 3 of my month’s series on acne, I talk about common acne myths and misinformation. As an esthetician, you hear about all the misinformation out there that your clients ask you, and this is a way to address some of the more common acne myths and whether they are true or false. 

Oily skin should not use facial oil. (Myth)

Facial oils are suitable for all skin types, and using facial oil on oily skin can help keep your skin barrier in good condition. Make sure it’s an oil that is non-comedogenic and pharmaceutical-grade. Oil breaks down oil, so as long as you use the right oil, it can be an excellent remedy for your skin. 

If your skin is burning, that means products are working. (Myth)

I hear this statement frequently from people, and this skincare myth can irritate your skin barrier. Depending on the product, your skin may feel spicy getting used to certain active ingredients, but the feeling should stop afterward. Continually using products that make your skin feel burning sensations can damage your skin barrier and create more problems than necessary. Skin peels are one of the exceptions to this, as they may burn depending on the peel you are receiving at the time. 

Diet impacts your skin (True)

Some foods can contribute to acne skin problems. Foods high in sugar can cause an abundance of oil in the skin. Carbohydrates like pasta are high in sugar and can cause the same reaction in your skin. Excessive alcohol dehydrates your skin, and when skin is dehydrated, your body naturally chugs up more oil to the surface to counteract the dehydration. 

Fried foods can cause inflammation in the skin, leading to excess oil production. If you notice that some foods make you break out more than others, start a daily food journal to track your food intake, which may help isolate the foods that trigger your acne outbreaks. 

Oily/Acne skin does not need moisturizer (Myth)

One of the most common myths is that you don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin. Many of the products used to control acne can be drying, so it’s essential to moisturize your skin. If your skin is too dry, more oil develops to compensate for the dryness, which can worsen your acne breakouts. It’s essential to use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. 

Acne on your face is all caused by the same thing (Myth)

Acne on the forehead can sometimes be caused by oil in your hair if you wear bangs or use specific hair products. Treating this kind of acne could be as easy as wearing your hair off your face or changing hair products. Hormones or hormone imbalances can cause acne on the chin and lower jawline. Look for glycolic or salicylic acid ingredients to help treat those areas. Certain lip products or foods can cause acne around the mouth. Bacteria from pillowcases, dirty cell phones, or other bacteria sometimes cause acne on the cheeks. 

It’s essential to consult a licensed professional to get the best results on what type of acne you are experiencing and the best products to address acne concerns. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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