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Common Acne Myths


You can try to ask people's advice regarding your acne and chances are, they would probably tell you that it is due to your poor hygiene, diet or that you are in love. However, skin experts are actually dismissing those as nothing but myths. The best way to handle your acne problems is to instruct yourself and make sure you know the list of the common acne myths that people often bump into.


Acne Caused by Poor Hygiene


A great number of people really believe that acne is caused by poor hygiene; therefore they tend to over-wash their skin. However, washing too often and too aggressively can strip the skin of its natural lipids, damaging the skin's natural barrier function. As a result, the follicle will produce excess sebum and possibly additional breakouts. So unless you get yourself dirty on regular basis (like a mechanic, perhaps), do not over-wash your face.


Acne Caused by Certain Foods


The common misconception is that eating junk food will lead to or worsen an acne condition. Scientific researches have shown that diet has little to no effect on acne. This varies depending on the person. While eating healthy and balanced diet is encouraged for our health, there is really no scientific evidence that connects certain foods to acne. If you are one of those who are affected by certain foods, it is always wise to avoid them.


Acne Caused by Sun Exposure


The sun may work in the short-term to hurry the clearing of existing acne while reddening your skin, thus blending your skin tone with red acne marks. Sun exposure may cause irritation which can make acne even worse.


Acne as a Cosmetic Disease


Heavy and oily make up may contribute to acne build up. However, cosmetics labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic might actually contain Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid that may help to fight acne.


Acne Caused by Stress


While over stress may actually produce hormones that can aggravate acne; normal, everyday stress does not really trigger acne.


You Can Outgrow Your Acne


It is much more sensible to treat your acne immediately to avoid emotional stress and permanent scarring.


Acne's Just a Little Problem, No Need to Overreact


It's embarrassing to have acne, thus can affect our confidence and esteem. It may even affect our social relation and job performance.


Getting a Tan Would Clear Up Acne


While sun exposure may dry out existing acne, it will not prevent new ones from forming. It can also over dry the skin thus sebaceous glands will produce more oil that will ultimately worsen your condition. It will also increase your risk of skin cancer and wrinkles.



Tips:

So any time somebody tells you one of those things, nicely correct them and share what you know. Knowledge is power! More tips