Common Misconceptions About Acne: Part 2

Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 27th August 2020

Acne is such a common skin concern, that most of us will develop it at some point in our lives. That’s why our Dermatologists wanted to shine a spotlight on acne, talking through some of the common misconceptions people have, and highlighting how our Harley Street skin clinic can help. You can also read part 1 here.

1) Acne treatment works immediately

You’ve probably heard the age-old mantra ‘all good things come to those who wait’. Never has this been more true than with acne treatment. One of our most popular acne treatments is chemical peels, but sometimes a course may be needed to achieve the results you’re looking for.

2) Acne is caused by stress

Stress doesn’t directly cause acne – but it can make it worse. One study into the relationship found that a stress-related hormone, CRH, ‘binds’ to the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands in the skin. This causes even more oil to be produced – and oily skin can be a precursor to pimples.

3) You can treat acne at home

While there may be certain things you can try on your skin, there are definitely some ‘cures’ that can do more bad than good. One you may have heard of is toothpaste, but it’s thought that fluoride may actually cause outbreaks. Our Dermatologists wouldn’t recommend using any of these household remedies on skin.

5) Tanning is a great acne treatment

Our Dermatologists never recommend tanning or sun bed use, as the UV rays can cause skin ageing, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer. Sun beds and tanning aren’t a good idea for acne-prone skin, either – they can actually make inflammation worse, and dry out the skin to the extent that the sebaceous glands produce more oil.

6) Make-up affects acne 

There may be a link between acne and make-up, but it really depends on the type of products you’re using and how much you apply. Oil-based make-up and skincare, for example, isn’t recommended for oily skin and could make spots worse.

7) Exfoliation helps with acne

When your skin is red, sore and inflamed, exfoliation can be the worst thing you can do – and could make it worse. However, one of our acne treatments, chemical peels, can help with acne scarring, as it gently sweeps away old, dead skin cells.

Book with Cedars Dermatology today

If you or someone you know has acne, why not consider our Harley Street skin clinic for Dermatologist-led acne treatment? Click here for our details and book a consultation today.

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