Acne Myths | Common Misconceptions About Acne

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Here are a few of the most common acne myths that abound throughout the known universe.

Myth:  Frequent washing will lead to fewer breakouts.

This acne myth has probably been born out of the notion that acne is caused by poor hygiene, and by washing the face many times a day the problrm will go away.Unfortunately it is not that simple and frequent washing will dry out the skin too much, thus causing more irritation especially if ordinary household soap is used as the cleansing agent.

Twice a day is sufficient, with perhaps interim washing in between after any physical exertions that may cause excessive sweating.


 Myth: Using sunbeds gets rid of acne


Using the UV light from sunbeds is a popular myth, it actually has the same effect of standing out in hot sun, there is no scientific eveidence to suggest it will help prevent or cure acne, it is more than likely to cause excess drying of the skin’s natural oils which will in turn lead to further irritation,

Very brief exposure to the sun may be beneficial, certainly as regards the body’s ability to produce Vitamin E but it should be no more than a few minutes.

Ultraviolet light can also cause a reaction with acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide making them more irritating too.

On a more serious level the effects of excessive UV rays on the sun have been well documented, and can lead to premature aging of the skin as well as various forms of skin cancer.

Myth:  Masturbation causes acne


If this were true probably every boy and young man in the world would have acne!

This is one of those myths that has been perpetuated for many years for those seeking to control the natural desires of youth.

Having said that, at times of puberty and beyond there are large hormonal changes in the body, and it is widely accepted that hormone swings can trigger acne outbreaks, so it is easy to see the link here, over the years people have put 2 and 2 together and made 5!

Additionally masturbation does not effect the eyesight either!


Myth:Stress causes acne.


Note the distinction here stress does not cause acne in itself but it may trigger an outbreak of acne or some other effect on the skin such as a rash if you are constantly under a lot of stress.

In any event stress itself is very bad for your well-being as a whole and you should do whatever you can to reduce it from your life.


Myth: A poor diet can cause acne.


For many years experts insisted there was no link between diet and acne, but recent studies appear to indicate there may be some truth in it, but more research needs to be done to determine if it is a cause, contributing factor or a trigger.

Research into native populations in areas where there is no Westernization has discovered the people living in these regions do not have acne at all, and of course they live of a wholly natural diet of wild animals fish and insects, as well as fruit, nuts, berries, plants and roots they gather from their environments.

Their food is not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, their rivers are largely unpolluted by industry and the meat they eat is not full of chemicals and pumped full of artificial hormones.

It does not take a genius to see the link, in future this myth may be busted once and for all, for now it would be best to err on the side of caution and start eating a healthy diet.


Myth: You just have to let acne run its course.


It is possible it may clear by itself given time and normal hormone levels in the body, but it is not a good idea to leave acne untreated as it may worsen and leave permanent scarring to the face and other areas.
If the treatments you used  have not worked thus far, consider a consultation with a dermatologist, they will allow you access to a wider range of more powerful medications that can clear away your acne and so preventing any permanent scarring.


Myth: Acne is caused by dirt.


Dead skin cells mixed with sebum, the skin’s natural oil are what block the pores on the skin, not dirt, blackheads have a black head because of the reaction of the dead skin cells with the air, this is not dirt.Once a pore has become blocked, the bacteria contained within may start to cause an infection thus leading to spots, pimples and maybe acne.


Myth: Toothpastes can cure acne


This myth seems to have popped up from somewhere, possibly from poorer countries where the people have little money to spend on expensive acne treatments.

Some toothpastes contain a chemical called Triclosan, which is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, so it seems likely someone thought it might be an idea to see if it can cure acne by killing of the P. acnes bacteria and applied it to their face, the originator of the myth may have achieved success and thus he spread
the word to his friends, and with the advent of the internet the whole idea went viral.

If you want to try and cure your acne use a product designed for it, but feel free to
try toothpaste yourself.


Myth: Only teenagers get acne


Anyone can get acne, especially women during pregnancy, it is not confined to
just teenagers.


Myth: Rosacea is a type of acne.


Rosacea is a completely different skin disorder and has nothing to do with acne,  but it can co-exist with it and furthermore  some acne treatments have been reported as causing Rosacea such as high doses of Accutane, tretinoin, and surprisingly, Benzoyl Peroxide.


Myth: Popping spots and pimples can help you to get rid of acne.


Nope, and it can make matters worse by squeezing you may be forcing any infection deeper into the skin, as well as damaging the the skin’s surface that may leave a small scar or pock mark.

Hopefully this article has helped explain some of the acne myths you may encounter.

Here is some further reading on diets etc…

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