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Acne Myths

Try asking people advice regarding your acne and chances are, they would tell you that it is due to your poor hygiene, poor diet or that you are in love.

However, skin experts are actually dismissing those as nothing but myths. The best way to cope with your acne problem is to educate yourself and it is with this purpose that we decided to list here the common acne myths that people often encounter.

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

2. Acne is caused by certain foods. The common misconception is that eating junk food will lead to or worsen an acne condition. Scientific studies have shown that diet has little to no effect on acne. This varies depending on the person. While eating a 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.

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

4. Acne is just a little problem, no need to overreact. It is embarrassing to have acne, and this can affect our confidence and esteem. It may even affect our social relationships and job performance.

5. Acne is just a cosmetic disease. Heavy and oily makeup 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.

6. Stress can cause acne. While stress may actually produce hormones that can aggravate acne, normal everyday stress does not really trigger acne.

7. Getting a tan would clear up acne. While sun exposure may dry out existing acne, it will not prevent new comedones 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.

So there, the next time somebody tells you one of those things, gracefully correct them and share what you know. Remember, knowledge is power.

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