5 Myths About Acne

by GuestPoster on July 4, 2010

Trying to find a remedy to make your skin acne free can be very frustrating. With so many products on the market and so many theories about what causes pimples, it’s hard to know what to try and what to believe.

Here are five myth-busting facts about acne:

There’s no miracle cure. Once a pimple has surfaced on your skin, there’s not much to do to make it disappear overnight. There are products that will help limit the damage to surrounding tissues, speed healing, and reduce redness, but all acne remedies are essentially preventative treatments. The key is to find a regimen that works for you and stick to it, applying acne medicines to all acne-prone areas, even when the skin is clear, just like you brush your teeth to prevent cavities.

Eating greasy goods doesn’t cause acne. Because pimples are most often accompanied by oily skin, there is a long-held belief that eating rich or greasy foods causes acne. However, eating these foods does not cause breakouts. It’s more likely that the hormonal changes and stress that causes us to crave such foods, also happens to trigger breakouts in acne-prone skin.

Acne isn’t caused by uncleanliness. There is also a wide-spread and long-held bias that people with acne have poor hygiene. But as anyone with pimples knows, you can clean regularly and still have breakouts. Of course, keeping your skin clean does help to control breakouts, but the cause of acne is much deeper than the surface of your skin.

Make-up, moisturizers and  sunscreen don’t cause acne. Breakouts that appear overnight after using a new cosmetic are almost always a chemical irritation of the follicle that looks like acne, but isn’t a plugged pore. Many products are identified as non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic means that they do not contain ingredients that have been proven to cause blocked pores, and non-acnegenic means that the product has been tested and found not to cause acne-like breakouts in volunteer testers. True acne, caused by a blocked follicle, doesn’t happen overnight, but it doesn’t hurt to avoid products that your skin is sensitive to.

You won’t necessarily outgrow acne. Unfortunately, some people just have acne-prone pores. Doctors don’t know why, but it does seem to run in families. Some people’s skin just tends to over-produce sebum and builds up old skin cells, blocking pores. Adult acne, which begins in adulthood or persists into adulthood, is becoming more and more common. It’s nothing to be shameful about. As explained here, it’s not caused by poor diet or hygiene. It is something that can be controlled with proper treatment.

Find a regimen that works for your skin, and stick to it to see continued results.

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