When I go on google for anything related to skincare, I cringe. There is so much information out there and everyone’s an expert. If I didn’t have the education and experience I do, I would be completely overwhelmed.
And actually – I am still overwhelmed when I look at the number of skincare products on the market. How on earth can anybody figure out what to do with their skin? It’s all too much.
And so, to help my community sift through all the information out there I posted a question on Instagram, inviting my followers to share any acne myths that they would like me to bust. I was pretty much overwhelmed with responses, but many of the acne myths they wanted me to bust were the same. (Btw – be sure to follow me on Instagram @naturopathicbeauty)
Want to know the common acne myths that need to be put to rest? Sharing them below:
MYTH #1: If you have acne, your face is dirty and you need to wash your face more.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. When you wash your face often, you are actually compromising the integrity of your moisture barrier. This can leave your skin dry, irritated and more vulnerable, not only to breakouts, but to hyperpigmentation and to scarring.
TRUTH: You must always treat your skin gently, not over wash. Be very cognizant of what ingredients are in your cleansers and treat your skin gently, not aggressively.
MYTH #2: Acne is a teen problem and you will grow out of it.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The incidence of adult acne has increased dramatically in the last two decades. In fact, there’s one research study that says that 85% of adult women will experience acne.
TRUTH: Sadly, women often don’t grow out of acne. I can definitely personally attest to that. You actually need to pay attention to it and understand that acne is a symptom that there is an imbalance going on within your body. Often acne signals a hormonal imbalance, especially in women. Similar to treating PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS, thyroid or metabolism issues – acne is a sign that the hormones need to be addressed. And women with acne need to approach their hormonal imbalance in a specific way (ie. we cannot treat a hormone imbalance that results in thyroid issues the same way we treat a hormonal imbalance that results in acne).
MYTH #3: There is a magic fix for acne.
If you’ve been bombarded by skin care ads or anything trying to sell you a quick fix, beware of companies preying upon your emotions and your feelings of hopelessness and desperation.
TRUTH: There is no magic fix. There is no overnight fix that is going to solve your acne because acne is an internal problem. You need to balance any imbalances that are creating the acne in order to get rid of it for good. So whenever an ad comes at you promising you clear skin within a few days or overnight, know that that’s likely not true. And even if it’s a quick fix, it will not be a permanent solution.
MYTH #4: Diet does not affect acne.
Doctors and dermatologists have been telling their patients this for years and years, and it turns out they are dead wrong.
TRUTH: The research now abounds, and it shows strong connections between many different types of foods and acne. And the top foods that you need to avoid to clear your skin include dairy, sugar and gluten. For a full list, check out my 7 Week Clear Skin Program, which has helped thousands of women clear their skin and has a 90% success rate.
If you want to learn more about how to truly heal your acne from the inside out, uplevel your health and your wellbeing, check out my free Clear Skin Masterclass. I share some really great tips in that class for you for free. And I promise you, it’s going to change your life.
Click the link to join the free Clear Skin Masterclass. Remember acne is a sign that there’s an imbalance in your body. There’s always a reason for acne which means there is always a solution – and my specialty is helping you figure that out.
I can’t wait to see you in the FREE Clear Skin Masterclass!