Seven Acne Myths


Myth #1: Washing or scrubbing your face will help eliminate acne.
Fact: Not all blemishes in your skin are caused by dirt.
Contrary to popular belief, pores do not get clogged from impurities. What’s true is that the walls of a pore stick together deeply within the skin and as a result, a pimple is formed. While some may suggest washing your face vigorously and religiously will irritate your pores even more and as a result, they become clogged. Using harsh brushes or fabrics can also add more irritation. Your best tool for cleansing your face is just your bare hands with a gentle facial cleanser.

Myth #2: Stress causes acne.
Fact: Theoretically speaking, stress can affect your hormone levels which can worsen your acne. However, it has been discovered that an effective acne skin care routine is more powerful than stress.

Myth #3: The sun will help manage your acne.
Fact: Getting some sun won’t hurt you but avoid getting burned by it.
For people with body acne, a 10 to 20-minute exposure to the sun can be beneficial to you. But be careful, because overly exposing your skin to the harmful rays of the sun creates damage to the skin, leaving it irritated. And when it gets irritated, it can result in more acne eventually. Remember that some breakouts are due to the excess exposure of our skin to the sun.

Myth #4: What you eat can contribute to acne.
Fact: There is not enough scientific evidence to support these claims.
The bottom line is that these claims need more research. But here’s what you can doL If you feel that your acne has cleared up using a particular diet, see if it works for you in the long term. Some diets are tricky when it comes to clearing out acne because as your body loses weight, your hormones react and acne starts to clear up. But once your hormone levels have already stabilized, the acne can come back.

Myth #5: Only teenagers have acne.
Fact: Right now, more and more adults experience acne.
Because of hormone imbalances, a lot of adults, especially women tend to experience acne. Many dermatologists now refer to it as the “adult acne epidemic.”

Myth #6: You should never pop a pimple.
Fact: You can do it, but pop responsibly.
What’s proven is that you should not pop a pimple that isn’t ready yet – if the white or yellow center does not show yet. However, a dried up pimple with a “head” can actually facilitate healing and eliminate infection. But be careful, the pimple should be popped correctly to achieve the best result and prevent scarring.

Myth #7: Touching your face can worsen acne because you’re moving the bacteria around your face.
Fact: Surface bacteria has nothing to do with your acne.
Take note that the bacteria responsible for your acne is located deep within your pores. The only reason why you shouldn’t touch your skin is because it physically irritates your acne, causing it to get worse or bigger.

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