Common myths about acne
It is estimated that 80 per cent of all people will have an acne breakout at some point in their lives. Like many ailments that plague so many people, myths have developed over the years about what causes acne and the best way to treat it.
Myth: Only teenagers get acne.
Although acne most frequently appears in adolescents, it also shows up for the first time in people in their 20s and 30s. People of all ages get acne.
Myth: Acne is caused by dirt.
Acne flare-ups cannot be traced to dirt or poor hygiene. In fact, washing too frequently or scrubbing too vigorously can irritate skin and make acne worse.
Myth: Eating chocolate and greasy foods causes acne.
There is no proven connection between chocolate, pizza, potato chips, french fries, cheeseburgers, etc., and acne outbreaks. Recent research has indicated a link between acne and non-organic dairy products.
Myth: Stress causes acne.
Stress does not cause acne to appear. But it can make it worse.
Myth: Popping pimples makes them go away sooner.
Quite the contrary: Squeezing pimples and blackheads can lead to additional inflammation, infection and scarring.
Myth: Getting a tan helps clear up acne.
A little time in the sun won’t hurt, but prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning devices can irritate skin and result in more acne. This can also increase the risk of skin cancer.
Myth: Acne will go away on its own.
Acne typically does not resolve on its own. Without treatment, acne can often progress and worsen.
Quick facts about acne
- Acne is a skin problem that includes the sebaceous glands at the base of the hair follicles.
- It affects 3 out of 4 people between the ages of 11 to 30.
- It is not life-threatening, however, it can leave scars on the skin.
- Healing depends on how severe and persistent it is.
Risk factors that can lead to acne include genetics, the menstrual cycle, anxiety and stress, hot and humid atmospheres, the use of oil-based cosmetics, and squeezing out pimples.
Let us bust some of the common Acne myths:
With regards to acne, a million myths accumulate around its cures. Some of these supposed solutions can really worsen the issue. Beware!
Myth: Blood purifiers can help clear acne and purify the skin.
Fact: Acne happens because of a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes and also due to hormonal imbalance. It has nothing to do with pure or impure blood.
Myth: A person can get acne if they have bad bowel movements and constipation.
Fact: There are no studies to prove the fact that constipation has a direct effect on acne. Although, if a person is overly stressed about their constipation, the stress hormone may certainly pop or trigger acne.
Myth: People with a lot of heat in their body are more likely to get acne.
Fact: Infections, fever, thyroid disorders, exercise, etc. can all cause the body heat to increase. It may cause rashes or prickly heat, but it does not cause acne.
Myth: Oily and fried foods trigger acne.
Fact: As per research, food with a high glycemic index and dairy products trigger acne. No relation has been found between oily food and acne.
Myth: Acne occurs only on the face.
Fact: Acne can pop-up wherever the Sebaceous glands exist. It can be the face, back, chest, arms, shoulders, and buttocks.
Myth: Only teenagers suffer from acne.
Fact: Hormonal changes make teenagers the most affected by acne but even adults suffer from it too. More than 50% of women and 25% of men experience acne between the age of 25 to 45 years.
Myth: Lack of hygiene and dirt on the face can cause acne.
Fact: The dirt on the skin has nothing to do with acne. Although, a dirty face can cause the bacteria to enter the existing acne and give rise to larger boils. It is advised to keep your face clean.
Myth: Blackheads and acne are not the same.
Fact: Blackheads are another form of acne or pimples. Pimples are just a layman’s term for acne. Acne includes cysts, blackheads, pustules, nodules, and whiteheads.
Myth: Getting facial regularly will clear the skin of acne.
Fact: Facials include massage of the skin with oils and creams followed by using masks. The massage will activate the oil glands to emit more oil prompting more acne.
Myth: Lemon juice, garlic, and toothpaste can dry the pimples easily
Fact: Though Lemon juice and garlic without a doubt have antibacterial properties. Both can cause irritation and rash, thereby developing an oozing, agonizing injury that will leave behind a mark after healing. Toothpaste may contain baking soda and different synthetic compounds that can dry out a periodic pimple. Yet, that doesn’t mean every one of your zits will vanish. In fact, your issues could deteriorate if your skin is delicate or adversely affected by ingredients in the toothpaste. By drying out the skin, toothpaste can develop redness and peeling. It is best to visit your Dermatologist for the appropriate therapy for your acne severity and your skin type.