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Acne myths: Fact vs Fiction

  1. Myth: Eating chocolate and greasy foods causes breakouts.
    Fact: Dermatologists say there is no evidence that sugary or fried snacks affects your skin. If you find that you tend to break out more after eating a certain food eliminate that food from your diet and see if your skin clears up. Also keep in mind that healthy skin requires nutrition from a well-balanced diet.
  2. Myth: Tanning helps clear up acne.
    Fact:
    Tanning may temporarily help dry up oiliness and give skin a more even appearance. However, unprotected tanning leads to premature aging and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
  3. Myth: The dark stuff inside blackheads is deep-down dirt.
    Fact:
    The dark stuff inside blackheads is probably a combo of dead skin cells and oil. A blackhead is a clogged pore that is open at skin’s surface. The material inside the blackhead oxidizes and turns darker when it’s exposed to the air.
  4. Myth: Acne medicine should only be applied on top of the spot.
    Fact:
    Applying acne medicine on top of a specific spot may work for reducing the appearance of an existing blemish. However, it will not prevent new spots from occurring unless the treatment is applied daily all over the areas where you tend to break out.
  5. Myth: Toothpaste or hemorrhoid cream can be substituted for acne medicine.
    Fact:
    Alternative treatments may help dry out a pimple or make it less visible, but certain ingredients in these products can irritate broken-out skin.
  6. Myth: The more you scrub your face, the clearer it will be.
    Fact: Too-vigorous or too-frequent cleansing can actually irritate acne-prone skin and make the situation worse. Try not to scrub your face more than 2 times a day.
  7. Myth: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
    Fact: Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will irritate the skin and make acne worse.
  8. Myth: Acne is caused by stress.
    Fact: The ordinary stress of day-to-day living is not an important factor in acne. Anti-depression drugs can cause acne as a side effect.
  9. Myth: Acne is just a cosmetic disease.
    Fact: Acne can cause permanent physical scars and emotional insecurity.
  10. Myth: You just have to let acne run its course.
    Fact: Acne can be cleared up with medication.

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