It can sometimes seem that breakouts happen at the worst moment. Whether they appear before a school photo or you breakout before a work event, you might be tempted to try anything and everything to get rid of them quickly. But if you have had an outbreak and are looking for the best way to get rid of them, it’s just as important to sort the fact from the fiction. There are hundreds of products, home remedies and ‘cures’ out there that claim to clear your skin fast, but a lot of them simply don’t work. In fact, some of them can do more harm than good.
So, before you start trying out every skincare remedy in the book, the team at Proactiv+ have busted some common skin care myths.
Myth: Will the sun help?
A common skincare myth is that sunbathing will help get rid of your blemishes but before you head out to tan on a sunny day in the hope of clearing your skin, unpack your sunhat and invest in a good SPF sun cream. Tanning won’t clear your skin, and being out in the sun without protection is likely to do more harm than good.
A tan makes your skin a darker shade, it might look like sunbathing gets rid of blemishes, but it’s actually just making them appear less visible. Being out in the sun for long periods of time can also dry out your skin, meaning your skin problems could become even worse as your skin produces oils to rehydrate naturally. Of course, it goes without saying that the sun’s UV rays are harmful to your skin too, even without blemishes or breakouts.
Proactiv+ Top Tip: Don’t look to the sun to get flawless, healthy skin. Instead, invest in a good skincare routine that helps to control breakouts and looks after your skin on a longer term basis. If you do go out in the sun, make sure that you protect your skin with SPF and wear a hat to shade your face.
Myth: does toothpaste help get rid of blemishes?
Your face in particular is extremely delicate, and toothpaste contains chemicals and ingredients that may be great for teeth, but not so great for your skin. At best, you may notice no change to your blemishes and at worst, you could suffer from chemical burns to your skin.This home remedy is one of the most touted clearing myths, and some people swear by applying toothpaste to clear pimples. However, using toothpaste is not just unlikely to work and can be very harmful to your skin.
Proactiv+ Top Tip: Avoid using toothpaste as this could dry out your skin and make your breakouts much worse. Find a skincare product that suits your skin and get into a regular routine of taking care of your skin.