8 Common Myths on Acne
Every one of us went through teenager. One of the things this age group hates the most is having acne that distorts their body image. Most probably when you were a teenager you’d hear all sorts of advice about the cause of acne and what to do about it such as, ‘You’re eating too much chocolate!’ or ‘Too much junk causes that, you should cut them down on your diet!’
The fact is that most of the thing you are hearing about acne as teen may still what you believe right now. And unfortunately, not all of the things shared by our folks are true. To give you a run-down, here is the list of common myths on acne:
Myth 1: Only teens get acne. A number of adults are still getting acne between 30-50 years of age. They may not look the same with the younger group though. Adult acne are usually characterized with reddish nodules around the mouth and jaw.
Myth 2: Chocolates and sodas cause acne. A dermatologist in Great Barrington, III – Amy Derick, MD, FAAD debunked this misconception. According to her, there are data suggesting how products found on milk, caffeine and chocolate can cause acne but the clinical foundation of this theory is still subject for further study.
Myth 3: Stress causes acne. Students stressed out during their final exams develop acne. Thus, a lot of people have been linking acne to stress. But according to Derrick, stress may play a role but no scientific evidences are convincing enough to support the data.
Myth 4: Sunscreen makes acne worse. Sunscreens don’t make acne worst. However, one just needs to pick the right product. People prone to acne are advised to use sunscreens that contain zinc oxide.
Myth 5: Acne appears when you don’t wash your face enough. According to Derrick, washing more than twice a day causes the skin to dry out thus causing acne.
Myth 6: Wearing makeups during acne breakout is not advisable. An individual can still wear a makeup even with acne. But of course there are compromises that need to be implemented. Light and loose powder foundations should be used rather than thicker ones that can clog pores.
Myth 7: Just ignore your acne; it’s just a cosmetic problem. Acne is not just a cosmetic problem. When improperly managed, it can cause lasting consequences about one’s perception of self by the permanent marks on the face.
Myth 8: Scrub your pimple. Spending hours picking the skin just to get rid of acne is not a good habit. This is actually the major reason why pimple scars appear.
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