What I'm writing here should help clear up some
false myths about acne.
Sun exposure is a myth that supposedly keeps acne
clear. This is totally false. A good tan can hide
the redness but it has nothing to do with acne. In
fact skin damage can occur with too much sun
It is also believed that eating greasy, fried foods,
or consuming chocolate can cause acne. Numerous
scientific studies have concluded there is no
connection between acne and one's diet.
Acne is said to be cleared up by washing of the
face. Although washing of the face can help removing
some unwanted oils it can also remove needed oils
and nutrients to the skin. While this is not a cause
of acne minor steps can be taken in reducing the
effect of acne by washing ones face daily.
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Another common acne myth is that popping pimples
will help them clear up more quickly. While this can
make the pimple seem less noticeable, it can
actually make the healing process a longer one. This
is because popping a pimple can push the bacteria
from it deeper into the skin, making the surrounding
area red and irritated. Devices designed to help pop
your pimples, such as blackhead extractors, aren't
safe either, as they can cause scars to form.
Another myth has to do with products like lotions, moisturizers, and make up
on the skin. If
someone has acne it is perfectly alright for them to
use these products. There are some products on the
market right now that contain benzoyl peroxide or
salicylic acid in them which the fact that acne is
caused by products leads to the removal of acne.
A dermatologist is the only true expert on acne and
any questions that one might be unsure of should be
brought up with the doctor.