Facts for Acne by Marcie Cook Licensed Aesthetician
The number one myth about acne is that it comes from dirt. Acne is
caused by a number of things, but dirt isn't one of them. Blemishes
form when dead skin cells mix with your body's natural oil, forming a
plug in the pores. Over washing your face or body (more than 2-3 times
per day) will not make your acne better. In fact too much washing or
the over-use of harsh scrubs, alcohol-based toners and pore strips can
actually strip the skin of the oil it needs to stay soft and pliable;
leaving it dry and irritated. It can cause the skin to start producing
more oil. For best results, use a gentle medicated scrub and a mild
alcohol-free toner (witch hazel is a gentle alternative).
- Another myth is that acne is for teenagers and
you'll grow out of it. This myth is one of the most damaging, because
it can cause teenagers to "wait it out" instead of seeking treatment
for their acne. Aside from the damage this myth can cause teenagers it
can be even more damaging to adults, it can leave them feeling
alienated from other adults. They could be asking themselves "why do I
still have acne? Or what am I doing wrong". The truth is acne can
strike any age and remember it's not your fault.
- Over-the counter products have been making the
claim that a dab of medicine directly on the pimple will clear it up,
unfortunately there is no truth to this claim. Since blemishes take 2-3
weeks to develop, you're treating an old symptom of the problem rather
than the problem itself.
Certain foods cause acne is a myth I am sure everyone has heard of at
one time or another. Scientists have been unable to find any
substantial connection between acne and diet. Although it is true that
a healthy diet will help your body have the strength to help you fight
- Acne is
caused by too much sex, have you ever heard that one before? Although
hormones are a factor in determining how much acne you will have, your
sexual habits have absolutely no effect on acne.
- While stress does not cause acne, it can trigger
flare-ups. When the body encounters stress, it steps up production of
cortisol, which causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
- And the final myth about acne is that
it is curable, as much as people would like to believe that this rumor
is true unfortunately it is not true yet. The best way to treat acne is
to prevent blemishes from happening. So if breakouts seem to be
sticking around, see a dermatologist right away. Even if your blemishes
go away, your acne in not cured. It's important to be diligent about
your treatment plan, even if your skin is clear.
Most make-ups today will not cause acne, because they are for the most
part non-comedogenic, non clog poring. So when looking for make-up look
for make-ups that are non-comedogenic, oil-free and hypoallergenic.
- Vigorous exercise stimulates oil
production, which combines with heat, perspiration and friction to
aggravate acne on the forehead, chest, and back.
- Sun exposure helps acne although it is true that
minimal amounts of sun exposure may initially improve the appearance of
acne -- as the skin darkens, blemishes may be less noticeable. But
prolonged exposure promotes more rapid exfoliation of dead skin cells,
so you're more likely to get clogged pores. Over time, sun damages the
skin and increases the likelihood that your acne will leave scars.