Skin myths you probably believe and why they're wrong

It can be difficult to resist testing out beauty tips from beloved family members, friends, colleagues or online bloggers. Just because you trust them with their opinion on good restaurants in your town does not exactly mean that you should trust their beauty advice, especially if they aren't qualified dermatologists or skin specialists.

If you have problematic skin, you may easily be influenced by any tip or hack (whether tested or not) to get rid of your skin complaints. However, if you're using a remedy for dry skin when you, in fact, have oily or combination skin, it may worsen the condition of your skin, which brings us to the question: do you know your skin type?

Identifying your skin type is essential to ensuring that you do not damage it by using the incorrect skin care products.

Here are skin myths you may have heard or read before, that you should not fall victim to:

Myth #1: Sweating causes acne.

Puberty, stress, hormonal changes, popping pimples and hot climates are the main causes of acne, not sweat. Provided you keep your skin care regime consistent, you should be able to exercise without worrying. When you break a sweat after exercising or playing sport, your skin becomes oily and has a build-up of dirt which may lead to breakouts. To avoid this, wash your face with face wash and moisturise after every exercise or sport practice.

Myth #2: Remove under eye bags by sleeping.

Although a good beauty rest is always recommended, lack of sleeping is not directly the cause of under eye bags. If you have swollen veins, allergies or eat food with a high salt intake, it is possible that these are the reasons for those under eye bags. Rest a teabag or cucumber directly onto closed eyes for about 10-15 minutes to get rid of eye bags.

Myth #3: Don't wear make-up when you have pimples.

There are so many things that cause pimples. An unhealthy diet, not drinking enough water, having an incorrect grooming regime, changing weather conditions and excessive alcohol intake or smoking among others are contributing to skin breakouts - and your make-up is not necessarily one of them. Particularly if you wash your make-up off before you go to bed. When shopping for make-up, try to choose an oil-free or non-comedogenic foundation and concealer as these do not block pores.

Myth #4: Do not wear sun screen if you have oily skin.

Your skin should always be protected against harmful UV rays before you leave the house, whether in summer or in winter. There are lightweight formula sun screens you can use for oily skin that will not make your skin feel too oily. If you aren't keen on wearing sun screen as part of your daily skin care routine, opt for a skin moisturiser with SPF 15 and above, to protect your skin against the sun.

The next time you discover a beauty trend, conduct enough research (preferably with a professional) to affirm them. You can only guarantee clear skin if you follow a balanced diet, exercise and drink water regularly and use good skin care products. If you still suffer from skin breakouts, consult with a doctor or dermatologist.

Skin myths you probably believe and why they're wrong