5 Facts About Acne
5 Facts About Acne
When people think of acne they dread the pimples and red skin that goes with it. Just the thought of an outbreak can make some people panic. They see long hours scrubbing their face and applying acne creams to pimples in an attempt to get rid of them. People panic at the thought of not being able to eat their favorite foods because they will inevitably have to deal with pimples popping up all over their faces. Nothing could be further from the truth. Acne science is discovering that many old wives tales, and even things you may think you know, are just plain wrong. Acne experts are discovering new ways to prevent and treat acne and have clear and beautiful skin. So below are 5 facts about acne that you may not be aware of.
- Should I Scrub My Face?- This is one the experts got wrong for a long time. For years experts thought the answer to getting your face clean and preventing acne was to scrub with an abrasive cleanser. Now we know that scrubbing your skin with harsh abrasive cleansers actually irritates and injures the skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it is quite delicate. Scrubbing with abrasive cleansers will irritate and damage your skin. Since your skin is your defense against bacteria, if it becomes damaged the bacteria that causes acne to have an opportunity to grow and cause more problems. The solution is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, then pat your face dry with a soft cloth. You should never scrub your face while drying either.
- Won’t The Sun help my Skin?- The short answer is no. Although exposure to the sun can inhibit the growth of bacteria, it can also dry your skin out. To say nothing of the problems if you get a sunburn on your face that kills the top layer of skin. Also, sweating in the hot sun can have the effect of clogging your pores and causing more problems. If you want to spend time outdoors in the sun, use a non-greasy sunblock made for sensitive skin. Wear a hat with a wide brim to limit exposure of your face and neck to the sun. Also be sure and wash the sunscreen off your face as soon as you get home to allow your skin to breath. Avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun will also help prevent the development of certain skin cancers as well.
- Will Cold Air Help?- This is another old wives tale that we need to dispell. Cold air is very dry due to its inability to hold moisture. The cold air can damage your skin by drying it out and clogging your pores. Most people notice an increase in dry skin on the feet and elbows in the winter, as well as other parts of the body. Your face is exposed to the same conditions as the rest of your body. It’s only reasonable to assume the skin on your face is being dried out in the same way. You should try and limit your exposure to cold air during the winter.
- Can Swimming Hurt My Skin- Swimming can actually be good for your skin. Pools with large amounts of chlorine are becoming less common. Also, we now know that being active has a positive influence on overall health, including your skin. Swimming can help your skin by providing great exercise, cooling your skin, and reducing stress. Stress is another cause of acne breakouts.
- Is There Any Way To Avoid The Bacteria That Causes Acne- Although there is no way to totally avoid the bacteria that cause acne, there are ways to cut down on your exposure. One way to make sure you limit your exposure is to assure everything that touches your face is as clean as possible. When you dry your face with a towel, you transfer some of the bacteria to the towel. If you use the towel after washing your face the next day, you can transfer some of the bacteria back to your face. Bacteria thrive in the moist environment on towels, washcloths, and linens. If you are prone to acne you should wash them after each use. Using essential oils can help cut down on bacteria. If you want to learn more about essential oils you can read about them here. You can also read my post about using tea tree essential oil for acne treatment and prevention.
Now that you are aware of these 5 facts about acne you can throw away the old wives tales and begin to change your habits. This will result in an overall improvement in your health, which will improve your skin. Using these 5 facts about acne you can change your lifestyle for the better, resulting in a healthier body and radiant, glowing skin.