Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Acne Mythbusters: The Most Popular Pimple Myths

We all know what pain acne is. The little red zits ready to burst. The pimples filled with pus that make you look like a pizza. It sucks and you know it. You feel like the whole world cannot see pass your imperfections. Fact is that 85% of teenagers have acne at some point of their lives, but only something about 11% seek help. Given that acne is a really common skin condition, many myths have surfaced regarding breakouts. Some of them are right out ridiculous, while others may seem to have some scientific basis.

Here are some of the most common acne myths we hear everyday and feed this social taboo.

  1. Dirty skin causes acne – If you actually believe this, you will actually begin to over wash and possibly scrub your skin. Remember that acne is caused by clogged pores, and while it may seem logical that dirt may plug shut pores, it is not the cause. Over washing leads to an overproduction of sebum, or oil, causing more breakouts rather than clearing them up. Don’t believe this myth.

  2. Chocolate causes acne – Really? Well, a poor diet may aggravate acne, but its not the cause. Obviously we should watch what we eat to ensure proper body health, but research has shown us that we are not entirely sure if acne is related to diet. Chocolate has shown to not cause acne, so don’t worry. However, in order to ensure good health, we should always eat fruits and vegetables.

  3. Acne is just a cosmetic disease – Eh, not really. Yes, it does affect how you look, but that’s not the whole story. Picking at your acne can lead to permanent scarring, as well as some emotional stress. Acne is not merely cosmetic.

  4. Just let acne run its course – Wrong answer! There are plenty of medications that can help, including benzoyl peroxide which kills acne bacteria, and salicylic acid, which encourages the shedding of dead skin cells to keep the pores from clogging. You do not want to let acne run its course. There may be some scarring that may occur. Remember, there are treatments.

  5. Masturbation and sex causes acne – Guys really hate this one. And for a good reason. But then again, it’s a myth. Higher testosterone causes an increase in sexual desire and sexual activity. Higher testosterone is also related to more severe acne. So it may make sense that since we have so much testosterone we get breakouts and we have higher sexual desire. Dish out this as a myth.

So yeah, acne sucks no doubt about it. I cannot stress that enough. But some people believe they aggravated their acne in some one or another. Don’t worry about it, you did nothing to cause your acne. You were just unfortunate to have bad genes and breakout. Remember, there is always medication and it doesn’t last forever.

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