'Chocolate causes acne!'; 'You will have to deal with acne only as a teen'; 'Just use over-the counter medicines'; 'Try lemon juice, it worked for me!'.
We are surrounded by so many myths about acne these days that makes it hard to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. Read on to find actual facts about 8 acne myths that is preventing you from getting a healthy, glowing skin.
Myth 1 - 'Don't eat greasy food and chocolate, because you'll break out.'
This is probably the biggest misconception about acne. Junk food won't cause you to breakout. However, if you want to cut back on these foods for other health reasons, go for it!
Myth 2 - 'You should scrub your face hard because dirty skin causes acne.'
We all should practice good hygiene. Who wants to walk around with a dirty Face? You should wash your face at least twice a day. Washing your face a lot and scrubbing it too hard won't clear up your acne; instead, it could aggravate the skin and make it worse.
Myth 3 - 'You have to let acne run its course.'
No way! Acne is a treatable condition. No need to wait for acne to clear up on its own. The longer you wait, the more likely your chances are of permanent scarring.
Myth 4 - 'Makeup won't make your zits worse.'
Wrong. Makeup contains oil that can worsen the acne. If you choose to wear makeup, choose products labelled non-comedogenic and oil-free.
Myth 5 - 'Suntanning reduces acne.'
While a suntan can temporarily dry up some of the oil, the drying factor could actually encourage the skin to produce more oil, thus, causing more acne. Besides, over-exposure to the sun will cause wrinkles, age spots, blotchy spots and sagging skin sooner than usual.
Myth 6- 'Cleanse your blood for an acne free face.'
Acne is caused due to excessive sebum i.e. oil secretion. It's not the blood but the oil glands which when gets blocked and infected that a pimple pops out. So there is no need to consume blood purifiers.
Myth 7 - 'Acne scars are not treatable.'
Fractional lasers, platelet rich plasma, derma rollers and other surgical options available nowadays can reduce scarring considerably if done by an experienced professional.
Myth 8 - 'Acne occurs only on face.'
Acne can occur anywhere above the waistline- scalp, back, chest, shoulders, inside ears- all can get acne apart from the face.
It's never too late to visit a dermatologist to cure your acne and acne scarring. Don't let others decide the fate of your face.