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Acne Myths Dispelled, The Truth About Acne
Home Remedies for Acne
Ever wondered about those Acne Myths?
Here you will find the most popular misconceptions, so many things have gone back and forth that it’s hard for people to tell the difference anymore.
Hopefully you’ll learn a lot!
Click on a myth below to see if it’s true or not...
Vigorous Cleansing will prevent and/or get rid of acne
Popping pimples means they’ll clear up faster
Using more medication makes it go away faster
Poor diet does not contribute to acne
Getting tan gets rid of acne
You have to let acne run its course
Acne is caused by dirt
It only affects teenagers
Spot treatments work
VIGOROUS CLEANSING WILL PREVENT AND/OR GET RID OF ACNE
In fact vigorous cleansing can harm the skin, making it more delicate and prone to any bacteria causing pore clogging acne.
It will also trick your sebaceous (oil) glands into thinking that they need to produce more oil because your skin will dry out. So don't fall for this acne myth!
This doesn’t mean you should never clean your face, but you should do it no more than once a day, and you shouldn’t use harsh products to cleanse with.
Your best bet is to use a gentle cleanser like Burt’s Bees Gel Cleanser;
POPPING PIMPLES MAKES THEM GO AWAY FASTER
Actually, this makes acne much worse and can cause further problems with your skin.
When you pop a pimple, you may be squeezing some of the pus out, but you could also be pushing more of it down into your pore and around the hair follicle.
Doing this can cause scarring, nodules (a hard red bump under the skin) or cysts.
By squeezing them open, you are creating more of a mess of things by allowing more bacteria to get into the follicle.
USING MORE ACNE MEDICATION WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY FASTER
Too much acne medication can harm the skin, causing further damage, it can dry out your skin and cause major irritation.
It is meant to be given in specific dosages and you should always follow the directions given.
POOR DIET DOES NOT CONTRIBUTE TO ACNE
Poor diet does contribute to the problem, it might not be the specifics like ‘greasy food’ or ‘chocolate’ but if your body system is toxic because of too many processed foods and chemicals, then your skin is forced to expel toxins at an alarming rate.
If your body can’t keep up with the rate that the toxins are being expelled then they end up clogging your pores and causing acne.
GETTING TAN GETS RID OF ACNE
While it might help to make it less noticeable it does not help get rid of acne.
Harmful UV rays can also cause pre-mature aging, age spots, dry skin, and in some serious cases skin cancer.
It’s best to use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide when going out in the sun.
YOU HAVE TO LET ACNE RUN ITS COURSE
While you can let it run its course, there are things you can do to prevent it or treat it, you don’t have to suffer!
ACNE IS CAUSED BY DIRT
Acne is not caused by being ‘unclean’.
It’s actually natural occurring bacteria, sebum (oil) produced by the body , dead skin –and in some more serious cases – white blood cells, clogging around a hair follicle.
It’s always a good idea to wash your face and keep it clean ( but don’t over wash!) but being dirty is not the cause of acne.
ACNE IS FOR TEENAGERS
While many people like to think that acne is just for teenagers and you’ll ‘grow out of it’, the truth is it can strike at any age, young or old.
Depending on what your cause is for acne, it might not clear up once your teenage years are over.
That is why it is important to identify the cause
Visit the causes page
SPOT TREATMENTS WORK
While spot treatments may work temporarily, the issue is not just one spot, therefore you'll want to treat the entire area to prevent future breakouts.
However, if you want to use a spot treatment, if wont hurt. So this is a fact not an acne myth.
I hope this answered all of your questions about the acne myths.
YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACNE AT:
Natural Cures for Acne
Acne Causes and Types
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