Acne Myths Exposed
There are many acne myths about what causes acne and also about how to get rid of acne. In trying to obtain acne help, people are often mislead by untrue theories. Below is a list of the most common acne myths, followed by the actual truths of each situation.
Myth #1: Acne is a result of poor hygiene. If you wash your face more often it will help clear up your acne.
Truth: Zits and blemishes are not caused by dirt or surface oils on the skin. Pores get blocked deep down underneath the skin and this is not a result of any surface impurities. Washing your face more frequently or more vigorously can actually make acne worse! You can irritate your skin and the follicles, resulting in more blemishes! It is best to just gently wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser.
Myth #2: Acne is caused by poor diet.
Truth: Although research is constantly being conducted on this subject and findings are subject to change, as of right now extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between diet and acne. However, it is important to keep in mind that individual cases vary and some people may have sensitivities to certain foods. In these cases, those certain foods may aggravate acne and should be avoided.
Myth #3: You have to just let acne run it's course.
Truth: Acne can be cleared up by becoming knowledgeable about the condition, taking action, and finding you best acne treatment option. If the products you have used thus far have not worked for you, try consulting a dermatologist for more advice.
Myth #4: The sun will help get rid of acne.
Truth: The sun may seem to clear up your blemishes in the short term; however, often times it actually make your acne worse in the long run! Tanning or prolonged sun exposure leads to skin damage which causes irritation to the skin. As a result, in the weeks following your sun exposure (or tanning bed exposure!), your breakouts can actually get worse as the skin heals. Limited exposure to the sun is perfectly fine and healthy, but you should not pursue prolonged sun exposure, especially for the purpose of clearing up acne.
Myth #5: Acne is simply a cosmetic disease.
Truth: Although acne does primarily affect how a person looks, this does not diminish the fact that acne can have intense physical and emotional consequences. People with acne often feel embarrassed, self-conscious, ugly, inadequate, hopeless, and depressed. Acne often leads people to isolate and can cause deep emotional issues. These aspects of acne are very common and should not be discounted. Often times, along with support for the physical symptoms of acne, people also need emotional support to truly overcome those feelings.
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