Acne is a Common Skin ProblemFACT: Acne is undoubtedly one of the most common skin care conditions. It is known to affect around 50 million people in the US every year. 85 percent of the people facing this problem are adolescents (between the ages of 12 and 24). However, a huge number of adults (especially women) also experience some type of acne.
Acne is Caused by Dirty SkinMYTH: This myth often leads people to over exfoliate their skin or use harsh soaps, which actually makes acne worse. Acne is not the result of dirty skin. Scrubbing the skin too hard or using harsh soaps can actually irritate the skin and cause more acne. Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.
Skincare Products Can Cause AcneFACT: Not all Skincare products are created equal. Many products on the market are not suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. There are certain ingredients found in many formulations that will clog your pores and can activate a breakout. Some of the most common ingredients that will trigger a breakout are Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter. I teach my clients to check the ingredient deck on product labels before making a purchase even if it says “Won’t Clog Pores” or “Non-Comedogenic”. The skincare industry is not regulated. So, skincare companies can claim their products won't cause acne and promote clear skin but still have pore-clogging ingredients in their formulas.
Spot Treating Will Clear Acne
MYTH: Spot treating a pimple only treats the pimple you see. It doesn't treat those pesky pimples forming underneath the skin and only allows the bacteria to thrive and multiply in the nearby areas. Here's another fact: It can take up to 30 days for a pimple to surface on your skin. This is why it's more effective to treat your entire face. Using the right products that target and eliminate the underlying causes of acne is the best way to treat and prevent breakouts. I recommend using an antimicrobial serum all over, then circle back and spot treat any inflamed pimples with a medicated acne gel or cream.