In spite of many good and valid information about acne available today these myths persist and are passed down from one generation to another. Published in some health and beauty magazines these myths have a big influence on understanding acne in general and especially on treatment methods.
Furthermore, therapy based on these myths can have less effective results and can often do additional damage in case of severe acne.
These are most common myths that are out there that you should know about.
1. Acne will disappear without treatment
This is far from the truth and you need to use some acne remedies in order to eliminate it. There are many acne treatments available today (over-the-counter or with prescription) which can help you deal with acne. It is very important to identify what type of acne you have because that will help decide on what method to use, whether it`s going to be self-treatment or you need to visit doctor or dermatologist.
2. Only teenagers get acne
This is yet another myth since it was already confirmed that about 25% to 30% people regardless of nation or gender between the ages 25-44 have active acne, known as adult acne. Also, some people deal with acne throughout their whole life.
3. Acne is caused by inadequate personal hygiene
Acne is not caused by poor or lack of personal hygiene even though this myth could have sense, but fortunately this is not true. Basically, acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum. Personal hygiene is important in helping reduce the symptoms in combination with acne treatment products, but it must be highlighted that no matter how often or hard you wash, rub and scrub your face and other affected areas you will not wash away acne. In fact, rubbing and scrubbing can only irritate already inflamed area and make the acne worse, not better.
Instead of the frequent and harsh washing, the face should be washed daily face twice to three times a day with mild, gentle cleanser. After the washing pat it dry don’t scrub it dry.
4. Acne is caused by diet or specific food
There is no scientific proof indicating that foods such as chocolate, sweets, greasy food, pizza, french fries or soda are directly responsible for acne development. Also, eating too much food rich in iodide, such as sushi, seaweed and shellfish, or eggs and milk, and even beef (according to some people) may worsen or possibly cause acne, is another statement related to this myth. Although this has been believed for a long period of time, intensive scientific research shows that there is no correlation between specific diet and a possible cause of acne.
On the other hand, each of us is unique and different. Therefore, some people may notice acne breakouts after consuming these kind of food while others don’t have any problems with it.
If perhaps there is some kind of food or drink that might be affecting your acne, then reduce the consuming and see if that will help.
5. Acne is caused by stress and anxiety
The fact is that stress alone does not cause acne but it might aggravate the condition. Furthermore, some types of stress may trigger the body to produce cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by adrenal gland. This can easily lead to irritation of existing acne. By implementing any kind of stress-reducing activity like exercise or even knitting (what ever works best for you) you will minimize that possibility.
6. Acne is caused by sex or masturbation
Despite the fact that the high level of androgen sex hormones can cause acne and even more severe cases of acne, it is not scientifically verified that sex by itself or masturbation leads to acne development. This specific opinion, from early 17th century, is most likely coming from idea to keep young people to have premarital sex. It was believed in the past that even the absence of sexual activity caused acne.
None of these statements are verified. Bottom line is that sex or masturbation are not related to acne breakouts.
7. Acne is caused by cosmetics
Some ingredients found in cosmetics could cause negative reaction on already existing acne so it could look worse than it actually is, but definitely acne is not caused by cosmetics or makeup.
8. Sunbathing will eliminate acne
Actually, reasonableand moderate sunbathing is good for acne and health in general but over exposing to the sun has the opposite effect. The sun is wonderful supplier of Vitamin D3 which is important for boosting our body immune system and it helps with recovering of damaged skin. However, too much sun can make your skin dry, irritated and damaged. That can lead to more acne breakouts or even worse, it could increase the chance of skin cancer.
9. Picking or squeezing pimples will make them disappear faster
Instead of helping this can actually make the situation even worse because of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) pushed down further into the skin. This is causing much larger infection and inevitably leads to scarring which in severe cases, can be permanent.