5 Common Acne Myths & Misconceptions You Shouldn’t Believe

July 17 2020

There’s a lot of information, misconceptions, and even myths out there about acne and it can be borderline impossible to separate fact from fiction. You have TikTokers claiming to know more than estheticians and estheticians saying to listen to them over dermatologists. It’s exhausting. The truth is, acne doesn’t have a cure (sorry!) but it does have many treatments—many successful treatments. But it’s not a one-size-fits-all prescription, which is one reason there’s so many varying opinions. Luckily, there are a handful of things everyone agrees are not true. They make a big difference in understanding acne. Let’s go through them and banish each from our brains forever. 

The Myths & Facts About What Causes Acne

1. Only teens get acne.

We tend to only hear teens speak about their breakouts but according to The International Dermal Institute, adult acne is rising. A whopping 40-55 percent of the adult population aged 20-40 have been diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne. Breakouts in adults can be a bit different to treat because many are dealing with signs of aging as well. Dermatologists look for ingredients that both clear up skin and help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Those usually include alpha hydroxy acids, which are powerful two-for-ones. 

A product such as Peace Out Acne Serum is key for skin of all ages. It contains two percent salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin cells and unclogs pores. Acne Serum also contains niacinamide and vitamin C to help brighten post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation, as well as triluronic acid to hydrate. This is your first step to bright, clear skin.


2. You can eat your way to perfect skin.

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to food and your skin. What you eat does matter but it’s not as simple as eating a greasy slice of pizza and getting a pimple. (Thank goodness.) According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, some studies have suggested that a low-glycemic diet may help with acne. This means limiting sugar and starches and eating more fresh vegetables and fruits. This could make sense because blood sugar spikes cause inflammation and inflammation and excess sebum can lead to acne. This goes for drinking cow’s milk, as well. But getting clear skin is way more than just switching up your diet and skincare is still the best, most effective approach. So eat that slice of pizza—just put some veggies on it.


3. It’s okay to pop some pimples.

Just don’t do it. We know you want to but it’s not worth it. Popping any type of pimple (but especially cystic ones) can cause a larger pimple in its place thanks to trapped bacteria. It can also scar and lead to a dark spot that you’ll be working to get rid of anyway. And that’s not even to mention the possibility of an infection. Instead, use Peace Out Acne Healing Dots. We promise, you’ll get the same satisfaction as popping but without the wound.

Acne Healing Dots are made from hydrocolloid material that quite literally draws out impurities. Salicylic acid penetrates the pores to clean-up all that acne-causing bacteria. Plus, vitamin A helps promote clear skin while aloe vera reduces the appearance of redness. You’ll wake up with a less noticeable zit overnight—all without popping.


4. Toothpaste can clear up a pimple.

Although at-home treatments are popular on YouTube, many acne tips that come from the cupboard—or the bathroom—are bad news. Even if you’re ultra-oily, toothpaste dries out and irritates your skin, often without even having an effect on the pimple. You’re often just left with a dry, red spot that you’ll have to treat with a spot-treatment anyway. Skip the toothpaste and use an Acne Healing Dot in its place.

Unfortunately, this goes the same for honey. Although it’s antibacterial, it doesn’t ward off the type of bacteria that causes acne so it doesn’t have a ton of benefits to acne or acne-prone skin. This is the same for lemon, too. While popular with some celebrities such as Bella Thorne, lemon juice is extremely irritating to the skin. You can fight acne without the pain—we promise.


5. Spot treating pimples is enough to kick acne.

Maybe you don’t consider your skin especially acne prone. Maybe you only get a pimple around your menstrual cycle or under your face mask. Maybe you think those bumps around your nose and jaw are NBD and you can just pop a spot treatment on them. Well, this isn’t the right thinking for clear skin long-term. Spot treatments such as Acne Healing Dots are key for occasional breakouts but your skin needs more for allover brightness, clear pores and smooth skin.

That’s why we developed Acne Serum. When used twice a day, the skin’s texture improves dramatically, breakouts are reduced, sebum is controlled and dark spots appear lighter. Then, you’ll want to keep Acne Healing Dots on hand for any especially painful pimples that pop up that need a little extra help. When used in conjunction, you’re not only fighting one pimple but giving yourself the clearest-looking skin possible.