Myth about Acne
Acne is an infection of the skin, caused by changes in the sebaceous glands.
1. Poor skin hygiene causes acne
Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. 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 for the acne.
2. Stress causes acne
While the ordinary stresses from every day living do not affect acne, some drugs that are used to treat people with severe stress can cause acne as a side effect. If you think you may have acne because of a drug that has been prescribed for stress or depression, you should talk to your doctor about it.
Stress doesn t necessarily cause acne, but it does release a hormone called cortisol, which activates the sebaceous glands leading to the production of more oil. However, increase in oil does not always lead to pimples and zits; you can also get boils or just have oilier skin. In this case, the only way to help this problem is by relaxing and looking for ways to relieve stress
3. Putting toothpaste on your acne can cure it
There are many safe and effective treatments for acne but toothepaste isn t one of them. The best topical treatments are products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics and retinols. These are all excellent at helping to control acne with relatively few side effects.
4. An effective treatment for getting rid of acne is steam
Several studies including an Indian study in which patients said their acne was worse in the summer have suggested that heat and sweating make acne worse. Stay out of the sauna and keep your skin cool.
5. Acne is caused by diet
Acne is actually caused by an excess of androgen hormones (male hormones) and is not thought to be due to poor diet or excess fats and oils in the diet. However, there are some recent clinical studies that suggest that there might be a link between acne and high dairy intake and diets with a high glycaemic load. (high carbs, high sugars) A well balanced and nutritionally healthy diet will generally help prevent acne and keep the skin in good health.
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