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Acne Myths

  • Posted January 5, 2007
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Acne is a normal part of growing up. Kids get acne because of the changes that occur in puberty, the time when kids start growing up to the adults. There are many myths prevalent because of which people are misunderstood and can be very dangerous. So this article aims at providing the truth associated with this false myths.

Myth #1: Popping your pimples is the best way to get rid of them.

Picking or popping your pimples pushes germs further under your skin, which could cause more redness, throbbing, and maybe even a horrible infection.

Myth #2: The usage of chocolate is helpful in the breakout of acne.

The truth is that several research studies have found no relation between the utilization of chocolate and the breakout of acne.

Myth #3: Eating pizza exacerbates acne development.

This is far from the truth as there has been no evidence to suggest this claim. Consumption of pizza in moderation will not lead to acne breakouts.

Myth #4: Fried foods are cause acne breakouts.

No findings suggest that fried foods cause acne breakouts.

Myth #5: Consumption of Coca-Cola and other sodas are bad for you if you have acne.

Several studies have been conducted to check the validity of this claim, but no findings suggest that cola consumption promotes acne. It remains a myth. Drinks such as Coca-Cola are usually consumed by teens in fast food restaurants and if they frequent it often, or work there, the pores react to the grease in the environment and this could be the cause of flare-ups. Make sure to wash your hands if you have been handling oil or greasy foods.

Myth #6: Sitting in the sun or under a sunlamp will fight acne.

There is no truth to this as over-exposure to the sun causes skin cancer and premature aging. Alternatively, the sun does promote the production of vitamin D, which may help skin condition. If you are using Benzoyl Peroxide, we strongly recommend that you use caution in the sun by wearing a high SPF sun screen.

Myth #7: Dirty skin causes acne.

The claim that dirt causes acne may be another myth. Some connections have been found, thus keeping the skin pores clear of dirt may prevent bacteria from infecting the skin. Special oil absorbing microfiber facial cloths are probably the best way to grab dirt from the skin after using benzoyl peroxide.

Myth #8: Acne will no longer be a problem once someone reaches adulthood.

This is not true for many people who experience acne as an adult, though the severity may vary. However, people above age 50 rarely get infected with acne.

Myth #9: Stress causes acne.

Are you worried that the big test tomorrow or that next week’s championship game will cause your skin to break out? Don’t worry – the normal everyday stress of being a kid doesn’t cause acne. If you’re going through an especially stressful period in your life – such as moving to a new house or dealing with your parents’ divorce – your skin may produce more oil, also known as sebum (say: see-bum), but that doesn’t mean you’ll get more zits.

Keith Londrie II is a well known author. For more information on acne, please visit Acne Information for a wealth of information. Another good site is Acne treatments. And yet another site is Stop acne.

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