Fighting the nasty acne on your face can be a gruesome task. As soon as you get rid of one, the other two show up. As you explore various ways to solve this problem, you are told many myths and false information that will do you more harm than good. To get the facts straight, we debunk several acne myths consulting the scientific sources.
“Don’t eat oily food, you’ll get acne” is probably the sentence that each person heard at least once in their lifetime. But according to Mayo Clinic, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Eating oily food has “little to no effect on acne”.
The only way oily food could ruin your face is if you’re in the kitchen preparing it, the oil from the food gets stuck to your face, and eventually block the hair follicles. This will irritate your skin and maybe cause acne.
And in the case you want a scientific explanation of why, consider that acne develops when dead skin cells and sebum, an oily substance that lubricates your skin and hair, block hair follicles. As bacteria triggers an inflammation, the area around acne becomes painful and red.
“Wash your skin” or “Don’t use cosmetics” are other pieces of advice that people with acne hear often. However, Mayo Clinic notes that dirty skin causes no acne. On the contrary, cleaning your face too hard with soap or chemicals can irritate the skin and make acne problem even worse.
Cosmetics, especially the oil-free makeup, doesn’t necessarily make acne problem worse. It helps also if you clean your makeup regularly, and as experts explain, the oil-free makeup also doesn’t interfere with the work of acne drugs.
Now that we know what doesn’t cause acne, it’s time we look into what causes this nasty problem. The first suspect is a hormone called androgene that increases in boys and girls during puberty and causes a rise in sebum levels which results in acne. Also, hormonal imbalances during the pregnancy or the ones caused by oral contraceptives can increase androgene level.
Some drugs can create the same problem if they contain corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium. Scientists researched what type of foods can cause acne, and the current evidence points out that skim milk, bread, chips, and chocolates are prime suspects. Although further research is needed to determine what type of a diet can help fight acne.
And finally, it’s proven that stress can make acne worse. So keep an eye on your stress levels and find a way to stay calm.
The final pieces of information you need to know are acne risk factors. The first factor is age, as teenagers are most likely to suffer from these problems; although grown-up people can also suffer from acne.
Family history is also a big warning sign – if your parents had acne, you’ll most likely have too. Avoid putting pressure on your skin by phone, helmets or backpacks, and don’t use oily creams.
You might have heard most of these myths by now, but after this article, don’t be fooled again. Knowing what causes acne is the first step in removing it – and you just took that step. And as always, exercise regularly and eat moderately.
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