Acne is one of the most misunderstood skin conditions. In this article we will be clarifying the most common acne myths and corresponding facts about acne, which you must know for treating your acne successfully.
For your easy reference, we have outlined here the most common acne myths and corresponding facts about acne.
Acne Myth No. 1: Certain foods cause acne: There is much misinformation about this. Mostly the people believe that eating junk, greasy foods, French fries, Pizza, Cheeseburgers, Candy and Chocolate will aggravate skin acne conditions.
(i) These foods do not cause acne. No scientific relationship has been found out between eating these foods and occurrence of acne.
(ii) Some studies claim that milk products can cause acne, due to the presence of hormones and bacteria in the milk. But we do not recommend cutting down on milk when you need it for your bones health, especially the women.
Acne Myth No. 2: More you wash your face each day, more chances you will have for clearing up of acne:
(i) Do not wash your acne-prone face more than twice a day, as it will dry out and irritate your skin and make your skin acne conditions worse.
(ii) In case you are having acne, wash your face gently with oil-free and water based mild cleansers and pat your face dry to reduce bacteria, which otherwise can cause skin infection leading to acne.
(iii) Washing twice a day is enough to eliminate excess oil and dead skin, as if these two combine together will cause acne.
(iv) Ensure that out of the two times washing your face in a day, one is in the evening to remove your make-up, dirt and sweat of the day.
Acne Myth No. 3: Scrub away or Squeeze out your pimples: This action is number one enemy of pimples and a sure passage to having scars.
(i) Don’t ever pick or squeeze your pimples. This can inflame your skin and leave permanent scars on your face.
(ii) Don’t touch your pimples with unwashed hands. This can contribute to spreading of bacteria aggravating acne conditions.
Acne Myth No. 4: Acne occurs during teenage only. Another acne myth that adults don’t get acne.
Facts: Acne can happen at any age, even in 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s.
Acne Myth No. 5: Sun exposure or tanning can be used for treating acne.
(i) Exposing yourself to sun or tanning may seems to helping you initially, as the skin becomes darker it conceals the redness of acne. Once the tan goes away, you will see acne is still there.
(ii) Sunbathing on the other hand causes dryness and irritation plus premature aging of the skin and even can contribute to cancer of the skin.
(iii) Also do not use tanning beds; it can rather damage your skin.
Acne Myth No. 6: Don’t apply sun-screen; it will intensify your acne problems.
(i) We recommend that you use sun-screen with at least SPF 15.
(ii) Use a nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic (non-pore-clogging) or zinc oxide based sun-screen, if you are prone to acne.
Acne Myth No. 7: Just wait and let acne goes away on its own.
(i) Do not suffer silently with acne. Apply the best treatments for acne outlined in the article “Home Remedies For Acne“
(ii) If the acne still persists, we suggest you see a Dermatologist for treating acne. Do not worry these can definitely be treated. On the other hand if left untreated, it can leave permanent scars.
Acne Myth No. 8: Drying out your skin will help in preventing acne.
(i) On the other hand, dry skin can peel and result into building up of dead skin which can clog your pores, causing cane.
(ii) Your skin needs a certain amount of moisture, otherwise it will age prematurely.
Acne Myth No. 9: Makeup can cause acne.
Facts: This is true to some extent.
(i) If you have acne, you are advised to use lighter, looser foundations, like mineral powder. Thicker liquid foundations can clog your pores, so try to avoid them.
(ii) Go for “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic” beauty products or those which contain acne-treating ingredients.
(iii) In case you have oily skin do not use oily products as it will aggravate skin’s oily conditions and clog your pores, contributing to acne break-out.
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