Facts and Myths

Myth: Bursting your pimples is a good idea.

Fact, did you know?

People who tell you that popping your zits will make them less noticeable and help them heal faster are wrong. Picking or popping your pimples will push germs further into your skin, which could cause more inflammation, pain, and maybe even a nasty infection. And popping zits can lead to horrible scars, which could be permanent!

Myth: Stress causes acne.

Fact, did you know?

Are you constantly worried about routine tasks like next week’s championship game? You think they will cause your skin to get more pimples? Don’t worry — the normal daily routine of being a kid doesn’t cause any pimples. If you’re going through an especially stressful period in your life — such as moving to a new house or dealing with your parents’ divorce — your skin may produce more oil, also known as sebum, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get more zits.

Myth: Getting a tan removes acne.

Fact, did you know?

Exposure to the sun does not improve your acne at all. Tanning is only a camouflage so that your skin becomes darker, and the redness caused by acne may be less visible. But when your tan fades, you’ll still see your zits. Not just that, there are worse side effects that you might not know. Spending time in the sun without the proper sun glasses and anti UV cream can cause dry, irritated, or burned skin. It also increases your risk of developing wrinkles and skin cancer later in life.

Myth: You can get rid of acne by scrubbing your face more.

Fact, did you know?

Cleansing your face regularly with a good face wash is a good idea as it helps remove dead skin cells, excess oil, and filth from your skin’s surface. But washing too much or scrubbing your skin too hard can make your skin dry. It could also irritate your skin, which is a worse case scenario for acne.

Myth: If you want to avoid acne, don’t wear makeup.

Fact, did you know?

Your youthful skin looks great without makeup. But if you like cosmetics, be sure to choose cosmetics that have the label “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic.” That means the product won’t plug your pores or cause acne breakouts. Some cosmetics even contain noncomedogenic ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If you are not sure, you can always ask your cosmetologist, beautician, parent or doctor for advice.

Myth: If have persistent acne break outs, using more medicine will get your zits under control.

Fact, did you know?

The saying ‘less is more’ is most appropriate in the case of acne medication. Using too much medicine to get rid of zits can lead to dry, irritated skin. Whether it’s a private product you’re using, or following the doctor; make sure that you follow the instructions carefully.

Myth: Acne is primarily brought about by bad hygiene habits.

Fact, did you know?

Poor hygiene is not the root cause for acne, skin infections may be a better reason for you to worry about acne. Sebum combines with dead cells inside skin pores where you can never reach no matter how hard you try. As this combination is created under the surface the skin, it is impossible to reach and clean. That is why washing with mild soap and water at least twice a day is a good practice as it is by far the easiest way to reduce the influx of bacteria which can cause skin infections that may eventually lead to acne.

Myth: Many old timers believe that French fries, pizzas, chocolates, cakes, pastries etc are the cause for acne

Fact, did you know?

Medical science has disproved this fact. Though these kinds of food items are not a direct cause for acne, you must know that it is wise to eat sensibly when dealing with acne vulgaris. A well balanced diet, with lots of organic food like fresh fruit and vegetables, coupled with enough water (water – not sodas, juice, coffee or tea) will most definitely help your skin, and is also a good basis for sound health.

Myth: Vitamins are of no use in curing acne.

Fact, did you know?

Although vitamins alone are not known rememdies to cure acne vulgaris and skin problems, very good results have been obtained by people who take vitamins and minerals to help alleviate skin problems and acne. The addition of vitamins A, D, E, C and zinc has shown good results when taken as an extra supplement.

Myth: Removing blackheads and whiteheads prevents acne

Fact, did you know? This statement is an absolute myth, and the opposite is actually true, as incorrect extraction of blackheads and whiteheads can give rise to more acne, and also spread the infection. If you squeeze or pick at blackheads and whiteheads, you can also hurt the surrounding tissue which can result in permanent scarring and dark spots.

You can use “blackhead extractors” to remove blackheads but not on your own. This should only be done by a dermatologist or a well trained beauty therapist under the correct conditions. Incorrect removal may also cause reactive inflammation in the area.

If you force out whiteheads incorrectly, you will force the content of the closed comedo further and deeper into the tissue. This will mostly result in inflammation and the onslaught of nodules and cysts.

Myth: Long hair aggravates acne?

Fact, did you know?

As long as the hair is cleansed properly, the length of the hair cannot be a potential problem at all. The problem here is not the length of the hair, but how well kept it is. If it is not properly cleansed, it could lead to acne.

Myth: Acne is more common among girls than boys?

Fact, did you know?

Incorrect; it is the other way round. Boys suffer from severe acne more often than girls because of the dominance of the male hormone androgen.

Myth: Acne is contagious?

Fact, did you know?

This is absolutely false. The trouble-making bacteria are buried deep within the skin and the condition is never contagious. So, you do not have to refrain from your friends if they have acne.

Myth: Eating certain food can help cure acne?

Fact, did you know?

There is no proper, definite evidence to prove this.

Myth: Eating certain kinds of food can cause or aggravate acne?

Fact, did you know?

This statement is partly true. Research shows that our fear for traditionally forbidden fried food, chocolates, colas and dairy products is irrational and they do not adversely affect the acne condition. Fats which have been eaten, assimilated and circulating in the blood stream are not similar to the fats within the oil glands. So technically speaking, even the greasiest food is no problem.

However food rich in iodide, such as cabbage, spinach, wheat germs trigger acne-like eruptions.