With so many misconceptions out there, we think it’s time to set the record straight about sensitive skin and acne, and bust those myths wide open!
1. You can’t use cleansing products if you have sensitive skin
False! When skin is dry and sore it’s worth investing in skin care products that are specifically formulated to actively soothe and calm sensitive skin. Washing your face with water alone is ok, but it doesn’t clean your skin particularly effectively, and doesn’t build up its natural barriers.
2. You must double cleanse
No. Double-cleansing is not necessary (great news for those of us who live life at 100 miles an hour!)
When you use the perfect type of cleanser for your skin - one that successfully removes make-up, dirt and oil first time - then once is enough. Cleansing too often can be counterproductive as it may dry your skin out. Plus it takes way too much time.
However, if you love double cleansing and have always been doing it, and want to ensure all that makeup and SPF is off your skin, go ahead! We love using a warm flannel to remove the day off our faces.
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3. Acne is caused by washing your face too little
Acne has pretty much nothing to do with how often you wash your face. It’s actually down to four things - hormones, genetics, excess oil production and excessive keratinisation (where you produce too many skin cells that line the pore walls and the skin’s surface). You may notice that all of these are in fact genetic and nothing to do with how often you jump in the shower. Of course, cleaning and exfoliation are still important, but it’s too simplistic to say “I just need to wash more”.
4. Sunbathing sorts out acne
Nope - unfortunately the sun and acne don’t really mix. Of course, a little vitamin D is amazing for making your skin glow, but don’t overdo it. UV rays can damage the skin’s DNA which leads to premature aging, inflammation and even skin cancer, so moderation is key!
In the UK, winter can seem to go on for months and months, so many of us now take a vitamin D supplement to help our skin along. There’s a handy page on the NHS website about this with information about dose etc.
5. Don’t exfoliate sensitive skin
This is a common one we hear a lot - but it’s wrong! Yes, if you suffer from allergic reactions to exfoliants or rosacea then it’s best avoided. But if you can exfoliate your sensitive skin then it’s worth it to keep pores clear and remove dirt and debris to avoid breakouts. Chemical exfoliants are much better for your skin than using physical exfoliants (the ones that contain scrubby particles) because they’re much gentler. Chemical exfoliants use acids or enzymes that are good for dissolving and loosening the cells, whereas physical exfoliants are more abrasive.
6. Acne is just for teenagers
No, unfortunately not. Although acne is common in teenagers due to hormonal changes during puberty, 'late-onset acne' - beginning after the age of 25 - is something many of us will be familiar with too.
7. Pimples should never be squeezed
Yes ok so we know we’re not supposed to, but when you spot a ripe whitehead on your nose hours before a date then needs must. However - be clean and careful about it!
With clean hands, gently squeeze from the bottom with a tissue over your fingers. Wash your hands before and after, and keep the area clean to avoid infection. The Queen of Skin herself, Caroline Hirons has written a great article all about how to pop a spot effectively!
8. Acne is contagious
No, luckily it’s not contagious and you won’t spread it to your family and friends. However, it’s important to keep the risk of bacterial infection to a minimum by keeping your skin and hands clean and not sharing your pillows or towels while a severe outbreak is happening.
9. Only dry skin types can be sensitive
Unfortunately, again this isn’t true. Any skin type can be sensitive, whether it be normal, dry, oily or combination. The important thing is how hydrated your skin is, and any skin type can become dehydrated. This is why it’s so important to drink plenty of water and include an appropriate moisturiser into your daily skincare routine.
10. Acne is caused by dirty skin
Not true. Everyone has bacteria on their skin - some is good and some is bad. So in fact, it’s dirt that needs removing, but not necessarily bacteria. Additionally, make sure you use the correct cleanser, as using the wrong one (or simply over-washing your skin) can damage its protective mantel and make a more alkali environment. This can then dry out your skin further, making problems worse.
Is your skin sensitive, or prone to acne?
Don’t worry - we’ve got the skincare product for you so why not browse our beautiful range. At Minimalist Skincare we’re all about simple, straight-forward skincare routines that work, and our products are all ethically sourced and synthetic free. They don’t contain irritants either so are ideal even for the most sensitive of skin types, and of course we don’t test on animals either.
So what are you waiting for?! Soft, glowing skin awaits!