Acne myths that can hurt your skin

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BeFunky_erc-schweiger-md-bio (1).jpgIf you talk to any expert they will tell you that acne is one of the toughest beauty problems to crack. Even small breakouts can be hard to stop as the causes of acne are hard to control. And, all the misinformation about acne doesn’t help. The myths an
d crazy advice you can get about acne is mind-boggling and can stop you from getting the real and very effective help available today.

 

Here are five acne myths you need to know about if you are battling breakouts:

Myth: You can get acne from sweating

Truth: Sweating does not cause acne. Sweat glands are not the same as oil pores. While sweat alone cannot cause acne, there is a condition called acne mechanica, which is a form of acne that is caused by a combination of heat, friction, and covered skin. It’s often found on athletes who sweat under their helmets. Other culprits of acne mechanica include tight Clothing, snug backpack straps, and headbands worn for long periods of time.

DolceDolce note: This why you don’t want to sit in your sweat, tight workout clothes.

Myth 2: Eating junk foods will make you break out

Truth: The dermatological community has long dispelled the idea that junk foods, such as French fries and chocolate, cause acne. However, there is new research linking diet to acne. Foods with a high-glycemic level (white breads sugary drinks, processed foods) are thought to trigger the production of androgens, a hormone responsible for oil production.

Myth: Washing your face more frequently prevents breakouts

Truth: Actually, over-washing your face can make acne worse. Washing your face any more than twice a day can cause the skin to dry and produce more oil to overcompensate.

Myth: Sun exposure helps clear up acne

Truth: While “drying out acne” in the sun may seem like a good idea, it’s not. The sun not only causes premature aging, but it does nothing to help clear up or heal acne. A suntan may help mask the redness of zits, but it is only temporary. Once the tan fades, the pimples can come back in full force thanks to ultraviolet light exposure.

Myth: Applying toothpaste to a zit will clear it up

Truth: The thinking behind the toothpaste-as-acne-treatment myth is that toothpaste dries out the zit and therefore gets rid of it. Legitimate acne medications, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, treat zits with the side effect of dry skin, leading people to believe that toothpaste works just the same. Not so. Toothpaste is not an effective acne treatment, not to mention it contains ingredients that can irritate the skin.

 

Eric Schweiger, MD

http://www.schweigerderm.com/eric-schweiger-m-d/

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