There are dozens of myths about acne – how to cure it, how to avoid it, what to eat, what not to eat, etc. Some of them are legendary among teenagers, but are they true? Here are some common myths about acne we can help clear up:
Stress causes acne – Actually, stress may have an effect on hormones and so, in theory, it can be considered a cause of acne. Ever have a breakout right before an important event or date? That could be stress-related acne. However, if you have active acne, no amount of stress reduction is going to cure that – the best course of action is a disciplined approach to treating your acne.
Sun helps clear acne – 10-20 minutes of sun exposure per day for people with lighter skin tones, and 20-30 minutes a day for those with darker skin tones, can prove beneficial for acne symptoms, especially body acne. However, over exposure to the sun will leave the skin irritated and can lead to a breakout which may not appear for about 10 days. Also, over exposure to the sun will damage your skin in the long run and can lead to premature aging and other, more severe, skin conditions like melanoma, which can be deadly.
Washing your face often will help clear acne – Actually, over-washing acne-prone skin may irritate and promote acne. Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Gently wash the skin twice a day, and if you are active, after strenuous exercise to rid the skin of excess oils. Select a cleansing product that unclogs pores while at the same time provides moisture and pH balance so the skin.
Diet can affect acne – The topic of diet and acne is one that is still being debated and needs more research since there are no definitive answers. If you’ve ever had a breakout after binging on greasy, rich, foods, then it’s safe to say that those foods may have had an effect on your system. There is no question that a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for boosting your skin’s overall defense against acne, while at the same time, promoting healing. These foods are also very rich in antioxidants that are crucial for flushing away toxins inside the body.
Sexual activity causes acne – There is no scientific evidence of this. Rather, this old tale was probably designed to prevent young people from engaging in the activity. What science does tell us is that those with higher levels of androgens (the male sex hormone) often have more severe cases of acne. But this has nothing to do with sexual activity, and more to do with high hormonal levels.