We’ll just come out and say it; there is a lot of misleading and downright wrong information out there about acne. Thankfully, scientific research has dispelled a lot of these ‘acne myths’. We now have a pretty good idea of what does and does not cause acne. Acne Causes and Treatment: Let’s take a look at eleven of the biggest acne myths.
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True or False? Find out the truth about common acne and it’s myths.
Acne Myth #1: Acne is caused by eating certain foods
This one has been around a long time yet is supported by exactly no scientific proof. Although certain individuals may seem to experience outbreaks when they eat certain foods, there are no universal laws that apply to everyone. Eating pizza, chocolate, nuts, and greasy foods will not increase your acne.
Acne Myth #2: Acne is related to dirt or having dirty skin
Although having clean skin has other benefits, dirt does not cause acne. Acne is formed under the surface of the skin and is due to build-ups of sebum and dead skin cells. It’s not dirt that clogs your follicles.
Acne Myth #3: Washing your face all the time will clear up acne
This kind of relates to myth #3. Having clean skin is not the answer to preventing acne. Overdoing it as far as washing your face can actually make matters worse.
Stripping your skin of oil could lead to future breakouts. Learn more…
Acne Myth #4: Only teenagers get acne
It is true that 9 out of 10 teenagers experience acne, but it is also true that about 1 in 4 adults get it also. Acne seems to be connected with hormones which would explain why teenagers have such a high incidence of acne, but adults are also going through hormonal changes at various times in their lives. Learn more…
Acne Myth #5: Stress causes acne
Scientific evidence shows that stress is not that large of a factor in acne. It was believed for many years that stress caused bouts of acne but it simply isn’t so.
Acne Myth # 6: Acne can be cured
Many people view acne as a disease that can be permanently cured. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Acne can be controlled and prevented through proper skin care, but it cannot be cured.
Acne Myth # 7: Suntan will cure acne
Myths about tan are very popular, supposedly it even helps to make the skin less oily. In fact, it is not the type of skin that changes, but its moisture.
That is, exposure to sunlight can dry the skin, and not fight against acne.
Acne Myth # 8: It will pass after puberty
Acne can occur at any age, but as people grow up, they learn to mask them or adhere to a certain, suitable way to deal with acne.
Acne Myth # 9: Oily skin responsible for acne
Until recently, it was believed that acne-the result of an oily skin type. But such rashes can appear on the dry and normal skin. Acne has an internal, not external cause: digestive disorders, intestinal problems, hormonal changes.
Acne Myth # 10: Put toothpaste on it
No, no, and no! There are a bunch of things in toothpaste that can dry a pimple out, but the extras that make toothpaste good for your teeth and gums can cause terrible irritation on the skin and sometimes even be the cause of breakouts and darkening around the corners of the mouth.
Acne Myth # 11: Chocolate makes acne worse
It’s good news for all you chocoholics: eating chocolate does not cause pimples. There are no studies linking this sweet treat to the development of acne. There is no evidence that cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, cause pimples. And while some point to the sugar that also makes up a portion of all chocolate treats, even that evidence is weak.
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