Acne myths have been the source of the dreaded skin condition to multiply at an alarming rate. But still, some continues to believe these acne myths.
The presence of acne is stressful enough as it brings misconceptions on how to treat this condition in the most hygienic possible way. Being misinformed may worsen this facial condition which can bring scar and more skin damage in the long run, reports AsiaOne.
Here are 10 acne myths we have debunked for you
Most people have good skin.
Acne is a common skin condition and you need not worry too much if you have one. You only need proper skin care in order to lessen a mild acne and prevent the development of a severe one.
Acne is a ‘teenage condition.’
Apparently, acne breakouts are worse during pregnancy. Acne starts at puberty but can also occur during pregnancy due to the fluctuation in hormone levels. It results to an increase of oil production and the shedding rate of cells lining the hair follicle unit and eventually the formation of pimples or acne pustules.
You can get acne when under stress.
Stress alone is not the only major cause for acne. Acne may develop due to the hormonal changes which is a result from stress.
Regularly washing your face does not result to acne.
Dr. Hazel Oon, consultant dermatologist at the National Skin Centre said that “Acne is caused by a combination of increased oil production which fuels the growth of a specific bacteria – propionibacterium acnes.”
Sex does clear up acne.
Seems like there is no evidence yet that sex cures acne.
Eating chocolate may develop acne.
Chocolate can promote acne in susceptible individuals. Diet that is high in sugar, carbohydrates and dairy products can increase of acne according to studies.
Sun exposure can lead to acne.
Depending on the individual, sun exposure can improve or aggravate acne. Mild exposure can lead to improvement in acne since light therapies are sometimes cure to the condition.
But if an individual is under medication, it is best to steer clear from the sun as acne medications such as tretinoin, adapalene, benzoyl peroxide and the likes are more sensitive to the sun.
Steaming the face can get rid of acne.
Facial steaming does not necessarily open pores but can only soften blackheads and blockages which can help it easily removed.
Toothpaste will also clear up acne.
Toothpastes are not formulated as a leave-on preparation cream for acne and it may contain certain ingredients that can cause skin irritation and inflammation.
Acne may clear up when taking birth control pills.
It still depends on the women’s reception to pills. Some women reported that their acne got worse while others may have controlled the development of acne. Birth control pills mainly regulate hormone levels in body and not for acne treatment.
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