• Acne Myths – A Problem and Not a Solution for Acne

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    Obeying a few of the acne prevention “rules” is essential in skin care but believing all acne myths out there can actually turn this condition into a bigger problem. By definition, myths are beliefs have the unfortunate attribute of having a wide reach, and the popularity of a belief is often more convincing than the reliability of it.  Don’t base your actions on myths and stories when it comes to treating your skin – some mistakes can’t be undone! Take time to review all these acne myths and find real solutions for your skin disorders:

     

    1) Eating chocolate, French fries or pizza will cause breakouts.

    FALSE. Sugar and carbohydrates don’t directly lead to acne. Some research does show that sugar triggers inflammation inside your body. Certain forms of natural sugars like coconut sugar and honey don’t cause the dreaded sugar spikes in your blood thus keeping the hormones in check and the inflammation at a minimum. Generally, blemishes occur from swollen skin around the hair follicle that reacts to dirt, oil and bacteria trapped inside. 

    2) Moisturizer should never be applied to acne-prone skin.

    FALSE. People with acne-prone skin usually have imbalanced skin, either dry or too oily, so moisturizer is as important to your skin as drinking water is for life. Moisturizing your skin calms down inflammation and balances the production of oil so hydration is the key to clear, calm skin. It is important to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer and sunscreen that will not clog your pores to cause breakouts. Your skin will also benefit from moisturizers with retinol, vitamin C and soothing botanicals, which can reduce inflammation and improve your skin’s overall texture.

    3) Acne is caused by poor hygiene.

    FALSE. The major factors associated with acne blemishes are things you cannot control easily: these are genetics and hormones. This does not mean you may skip washing your face or that you can lather on extra treatment lotion. Simply follow a daily skincare regimen in 3 steps, like Cleanse – Tone – Treat. Add a clarifying face mask if you like, but use sparingly and only one to two times a week to avoid drying out your skin.

    4) Acne is caused by diet.

    FALSE. Although there is some research that links certain foods to acne blemishes ( seaweed and seafood), there is not enough scientific backing. On the other hand, it is important to avoid eating a particular food if you have a known allergy to it or even moderate to high sensitivity because this can indeed lead to breakouts. Don’t fret over a slice of pizza or chocolate cake if you are healthy. Pimples don’t happen overnight, they take weeks to manifest. Have a healthy, but balanced diet every day, for your skin and for your overall wellbeing.

    5) You must wait. You will outgrow acne.

    FALSE. You need to act now and treat your breakouts. Sure, acne is not uncommon, but it should not be ignored either. Blemishes can become deep scars, both physical and emotional. Consult a dermatologist to find out about all your options. Find the best skincare regimen and acne medication for you and your skin!

    7) Acne can be cured.

    FALSE. As there is no single cause for acne, there is no single cure. Even the strongest acne treatments, such as surgery and the prescription drugs, can’t eliminate acne for good. Treatments do not remove all causes, they only improve the condition but if stopped, acne reappears. It is more than skin-deep and that means you have to treat this condition from the inside out. Eat healthy, drink sufficient water; get enough sleep, exercise regularly. Follow a daily and constant skincare regimen with products that work for you. Consistency is crucial in preventing and treating acne and breakouts.

     

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