Top 5 Acne Myths and Reality Checks

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(DGIwire) Do you suffer from acne or the occasional breakout? At an alarming statistic, approximately 85% of the United States population has at some point suffered with acne, and approximately 17 million people have acne. After reading this article, you might be surprised by the popular myths surrounding acne and could even save yourself time and a headache!

Here are five myths and their truths:

Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene. Dirt or surface skin oils cause acne.

Reality: If you believe this myth and scrub your skin frequently, you can actually make your acne worse. Although excess oils, dead skin and a day’s accumulation of dust on the skin look unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry–and use an appropriate acne treatment.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by junk food. Have you ever been told to stay away from junk food to avoid a breakout?

Reality: Extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between diet and acne. In other words, food does not cause acne. Not chocolate. Not french fries. Not pizza. According to the scientific evidence, if acne is being treated properly, there’s no need to worry about food affecting the acne. However, eating a balanced diet loaded with plenty of fruits and vegetables always makes sense.

Myth #3: Acne is caused by deadlines. You should avoid all stress to prevent breakouts.

Reality: Stress can affect hormones but the ordinary stress of day-to-day living is not an important factor in acne. Severe stress that needs medical attention is sometimes treated with drugs that may cause acne as a side effect. If you think you may have acne related to a drug prescribed for stress or depression, you should consult your physician.

Myth #4: Acne is just a phase. It only affects teenagers and disappear on its own.

Reality: Some people believe acne is a temporary cosmetic disease. Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health. However, acne can result in permanent physical scars–plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.

Myth #5: Acne cannot be treated. Acne is 100% genetic and unavoidable.

Reality: Many believe that you have to let acne run its course. Truth is, acne can be cleared up. If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. With the products available today, there is no reason why someone has to endure acne or get acne scars.

Decoding your body’s processes can be complex, confusing and you might even find yourself religiously following a ritual read online but many can be popular misconceptions and myths. Make sure to screen the facts and consult a certified dermatologist or physician for medical advice.