More Acne Myths Exposed
Experts have disproved many of the myths surrounding acne. Unfortunately there are still many people who believe old wives tales and urban legends about acne. It’s time we set the record straight and dispel some of those here.
Myth: Only dirty people have acne
Fact: Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. Acne is caused by hormonal changes within the body. Sometimes the sebaceous glands (responsible for moistening our skin) become clogged with oil and dead skin cells and block nearby follicles. These clogged pores turn into acne, characterized by pimples, zits, pustules, and even cysts. The truth is that consistent scrubbing and washing of your skin can make your acne problem worse. The proper skin care routine involves washing your skin gently and patting it dry (not rubbing it).
Myth: People with acne are not eating the correct foods
Fact: Experts now know that there is no connection between the foods you eat and the development of acne. The myths claiming that chocolate and other fattening foods cause acne are completely false. You do need to practice proper nutrition so that your overall health will be great. Also, taking supplements can help with vitamin imbalances that can contribute to acne symptoms.
Myth: Stress causes acne
Fact: Stress itself does not cause acne. Acne can develop as a side effect when taking medications prescribed to help you cope with stress. If you take this type of medication and are noticing acne symptoms, such as pimples, zits, or pustules, consult with your physician to determine if the medication might be contributing to your skin condition. One word of caution: although stress will not cause acne, it can make the condition worse if you already have it. You can try some stress relief exercises or meditation to help deal with your stress.
Myth: Acne is purely cosmetic
Fact: Acne does change your looks but it can also pose a threat to your mental health. Serious acne problems, often characterized by cystic nodules and persistent eruptions, can lead to severe acne, causing permanent scars to form. If these scars form from acne it can have a psychological effect on your self esteem. It can do this by altering the image you have of yourself. They can also cause you to become frustrated and depressed.
Myth: Acne is incurable
Fact: Acne can be completely cleared up by using the many products available and finding the correct treatment specific to your needs. Your dermatologist can help you find the best method to treat your acne. They will determine which type of acne you have, whether it is acne vulgaris, cystic acne, nodular acne, or even rosacea. There are effective treatments and medications available (including Accutane, Retin-A, & many others) to help clear up even the most persistent problems. Before you know it, you will reveal the beautiful skin you were always meant to have.
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