Myths About Acne
eacting to stress can cause acne.
Busted! In many cases the opposite is true: acne causes stress. It also can cause low self esteem, depression, antisocial behavior and the blues!
dults don't get acne.
Busted big time! While nearly 90% of teenagers experience some degree of acne, 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men see life-long periodic or chronic acne outbreaks.
ou can outgrow acne.
Sorta busted! It is true that typical teenage acne will subside over time, but time moves very slowly for teens suffering from acne. Letting acne go its course can also leave you with disfiguring scars for your lifetime.
its are best treated by squeezing.
No! No! No! Popping pimples or squeezing bumps only adds to the skin irritation, can introduce infection and hastening permanent scarring. Don't do it. Ever.
hocolate, French fries or "junk food" cause acne.
Busted! There is no scientific proof to support this myth. However, some skin is sensitive to foods that contain calcium (such as whole milk) and iodine (such as seafood).
ight from the sun can cure acne.
Busted! Sun exposure may mask the appearance of acne, but it won't cure it. Tanning can lead to dryness and premature aging, however.
ating too much can cause acne.
Busted! Phew – Hormones are with you whether you eat too much or not.
cne is a direct result of poor hygiene.
Busted! Acne is produced by actions beneath the surface of the skin. Gentle cleansing of the skin twice daily will reduce surface bacteria and that is a helpful thing.
egular use of make-up can cause acne.
Busted! Make-up will not cause acne, but some types can clog the pores setting up an environment that encourages acne formation. Look for make-up products that are "non-comedogenic."