Acne affects approximately everyone at some point in their lives.
However, although much research has been carried on as regards
acne, there are an incredible number of widely held acne “myths”;
misconceptions based on common knowledge, passed down from one
generation to the next, revealed on a TV programme, told by a
friend and, from time to time, published in beauty magazines.
For most people, these little pieces of advice may seem harmless;
but for those who undergo persistent acne, these inoffensive assertions
may set off a severe skin problem. In order to avoid making acne
worse, a list of popular acne myths has been created.
Who have not ever heard that acne is caused by dirt? This is
the first of many acne myths. There are many causes of acne,
but dirt is not one. Blemishes develop when hair follicles are
as a result of dead skin cells mixing with the body’s
natural oily substances. Dirt is never involved in this process,
washing your face or body more than two or three times a day
will not make your acne better. Actually, too much washing or
the abuse of harsh cleasing scrubs will probably make your skin
dehydrated and encourage peeling and the need to produce more
The second of many popular acne myths is that acne is for teenagers
only. This is dangerous in a number of ways. First, it may cause
that teenagers wait until their acne is over instead of looking
for therapy. This may lead to severe cases of acne scarring. Then,
this may embarrass adults, preventing them from seeking treatment.
This is a terrible misconception. Acne is not exclusive of teenagers.
Acne can be found in different age groups and it varies from individual
to individual and from treatment to treatment.
A third acne myth is that acne is just a superficial condition.
Although acne is not a life threatening health condition, it can
deeply affect a person’s self-esteem; and even lead to depression.
Moreover, after acne is over, it may leave physical and psychological
Myth number four is that treatment directly on the spot works.
This is a longstanding acne myth. As pimples take two to three
grow, just direct
administration of products will not tackle the root of the problem,
but just deal with an old symptom. The only method to deal with
acne is to prevent blemishes from developing.This requires treatment
of the entire area of skin where acne is occuring. This helps
to reduce the future development of new acne spots.
The next popular acne myth is that certain foods cause or exacerbate
acne. Actually, no scientist has been able to establish
correlation between food and acne. Nevertheless, a healthy diet
is always recommended. It will make your body strong and it will
help you feel better in your struggle against acne.
Cosmetics cause acne. Nowadays the majority of
make-up products are non-comedogenic. That means they will not
plug your follicles and initiate the development of acne. At the
moment of choosing make-up, get non-comedogenic, oil-free (water-based)
Another acne myth is that sex in large amounts causes acne. Although
androgens are one at the most important causes of acne, and although
these and other hormones trigger several energy, sexual behavior
is not even slightly connected with acne.
Some acne myths claim that sweating unclogs your follicles. In
fact sweat coems from sweat glands in the skin. Sweat glands are
not the same thing as sebaceous glands and sweat production does
not help to clean out sebaceous gland ducts as the two glands are
unconnected. Even though taking exercise is a healthy
habit, it can actually produce
flare-ups. Strenuous exercise provokes oil formation that, together
heat, perspiration and friction, may worsen acne on the forehead,
chest, and back. In any case, always try to lessen irritation
by wearing cotton outfits and by showering right away after
doing exercise. Probably the best exercise recommended for acne
is swimming, where perspiration, heat and friction are not largely
Another popular belief is that sun exposure improves acne.
There has been some research on this but nothing conclusive. After
sunbathing, the skin darkens, and blemishes seem less conspicuous.
skin cells, so your follicles are more susceptible to getting
plugged. Moreover, sun harms the skin after a while and may actually
enhance the possibility
of acne scarring. Sunlight can also cause skin cancer
so using sunlight to treat acne is potentially dangerous. So whenever
you sunbathe, use oil-free sun protection products that contain
of at least
30 for both UVA and UVB rays.
A further acne myth (well, half a myth) is that it is caused
by stress. Although stress does not produce acne,
it is true that it can
outbursts. When the body is under the effects of stress, it intensifies
the production of cortisol, which makes the sebaceous glands generate
more oils. The only recommendation would be that relaxation techniques
The last one of the innumerable acne myths circulating is that
acne is curable. Even though a cure has not been found yet, acne
is very treatable. Remember that the best approach to deal with
acne is to prevent pimples from occurring and for that there are
numerous therapies. But even if your blemishes clear, your acne
is not healed and it may come back if you don't use a preventative