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6 Myths about acne debunked

Posted in: General Health 01 Mar, 2013
Acne is a common skin condition, however there exist many myths about what causes it and how it's treated, this post attempts cover some of them. We'll discuss whether the sun is good for acne, if stress can cause outbreaks, you can wear makeup or not and why it's worth getting the right advice from your doctor.

Myth: Sun exposure can help treat acne

Fact: There is no scientific proof that suggests that the sun treats or cures acne, the sun may darken the skin, temporarily camouflaging spots. Any exposure to the sun should always be done in moderation and with the proper protection. Luckily ther are sunscreens that can provide protection from the sun without blocking pores, so make sure that when you buy one says that it’s noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic.

Myth: Diet can cause acne

Fact: There is much debate regarding the role that diet plays in relation to acne, with the vast majority of studies, up until recently, stating that there is no connection. However, there are unsubstantiated studies that have been published recently that believe there might be a connection between foods that are high GI and acne.

In general a healthy diet is considered important in maintaining a healthy body, so whether you believe that your diet could be causing your acne or not, there is nothing wrong with adjusting your diet to be healthier anyways.

Myth: Stress can cause acne breakouts

Fact: There are very few studies that can conclusively prove that acne is caused as a result of stress. However in spite of the lack of a scientific link, some people still report they are more likely to experience breakouts when they are under significant pressure.

Myth: Makeup should be avoided if you have acne?

Fact: To some extent makeup can worsen acne, particularly heavy liquid foundations, as they can cause pores to become blocked. However, lighter powder foundations can still be used without causing outbreaks, as long as it allows pores to ‘breathe’.

There are some types of makeup that are noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic, which can also be used and are particularly developed not to clog pores, although they might be more expensive and more difficult to find.

Myth: Acne will go away on it’s own as you get older

Fact:Acne is often seen as an annoyance that’s limited to one’s teenage years, but it doesn’t always go away when we get older. Adult acne can often carry on well beyond a person’s adolescence or might disappear, just to resurface in later life, usually triggered by hormonal changes and may require treatment, particularly if it starts to affect a person’s self confidence in a negative way.

Myth: Prescription acne treatments are dangerous

Fact: All treatments available on prescription for acne are clinically proven, which means they’ve been tried and tested and apart from the more extreme treatments such as Accutane, there are very few treatments that actually requires the same monitoring and lifestyle adjustments.

Most acne tresatments are antibiotic, aimed at dealing with acne-causing bacteria, and are usually not required for more than six months. This is also the case with the contraceptive pill Dianette, which is prescribed to women with acne as a results of hormonal factors. With that said, whether or not you are prescribed a prescription acne treatment will depend on your individual situation, and if a doctor feels that you will benefit psychologically or physically from using a treatment, they’ll ensure that it’s the one less likely to cause you discomfort.

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