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10 Acne Myths Debunked

10 Acne Myths Debunked

Acne is a condition that affects sufferers in varying degrees.  If it’s mild it can be irritating. If it’s more severe it can often knock your confidence, lead to depression and affect job prospects and relationships.

Yet whilst there are certain true hints and tips about easing the symptoms and curing acne, there are plenty of suppositions on the rumour mill that have no foot in reality whatsoever.

Here are some of the most common acne myths – debunked.

Myth #1 – Food Fallacy (Eating greasy food and chocolate causes acne)

A widely held misconception is that eating greasy food or chocolate causes you to erupt in a Mount Vesuvius-sized acne explosion. This simply is not true.  There is no evidence at all that acne is caused by the kinds of food you eat.  It’s unquestionable that a balanced, healthy diet will be a major boost to your well-being and general health but that’s as far as it goes.

Myth #2 – Hygiene Howler (Bad personal hygiene causes spots)

Anyone who travels on public transport and bears witness to some BO-addled, pimple-faced miscreants that reside therein, might be forgiven for thinking there’s a direct correlation between bad personal hygiene and acne.  Not true.

Acne is a personal, physiological, almost pre-determined condition, so if you’re going to get it you’re going to get it, no matter how well cleansed you are. In fact, if you wash yourself too much you’re in danger of removing the protective oils in your skin.

Myth #3 – Make-up Misconception (Wearing make-up makes you spotty)

Another untruth that’s been propagated in the annals of acne mythology is that wearing make-up causes spots.  The truth is that, as long as the cosmetics are nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic, they shouldn’t cause spots at all.  Many concealers now actually contain the acne-fighting ingredients of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid anyway.  And tinted benzoyl peroxide creams serve the dual purpose of simultaneously hiding the pimples and helping to treat them.  And if you do wear make-up, wash your hands before putting it on and remove it before you go to bed.

Myth #4 – Masturbation Misunderstanding   (Masturbation and sex causes spots)

The idea that masturbation or sex causes an outbreak of acne is an antiquated notion and not based on any scientific evidence at all. It dates back to the 17th century and was started in an attempt to prevent young couples from having pre-marital sex. If there was any truth in it today, three-quarters of the population would be paralysed by pimples.

Myth #5 – Stressed Over Stress   (Stress causes acne)

Theoretically stress can affect hormones and increase the risk of acne, but sensible cleansing or an effective acne treatment is a million times more powerful than a bout of stress.

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Myth #6 – Pimple-popping power  (Squeezing spots can heal them)

Some people – and a fair percentage of medical sources – will tell you not to pop a pimple. This isn’t, however, gleaned from medical evidence. And whilst it is generally agreed that squeezing a spot that isn’t ready can potentially result in scarring, popping a pimple that has a white or yellow centre (in other words, is ready) can alleviate infection and initiate healing.  Just do it properly and don’t pick the skin.

Myth #7 – Medication Madness  (The more medication you use, the quicker spots will heal)

It’s been a long-held belief that if you keep getting acne, the more medication or cream you use the quicker the acne will stop. This isn’t true, as acne medication contains drying agents such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which, if used excessively, will lead to irritation of the skin and result in blemishes.

Myth #8: Sunny Silliness  (Tanning can help heal acne)

True, a tan may temporarily conceal acne, but too much exposure to the sun can dry out and irritate the skin – and this can result in other breakouts later on.  There is, in fact, no link between exposing yourself to the sun and preventing spots. The only thing spending too much time in the sun will do is prematurely age your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Myth #9:  Toothpaste Tomfoolery  (Toothpaste helps heal spots)

Contrary to popular belief, daubing a blob of toothpaste on a spot won’t help cure it at all. Toothpaste might serve to dry out existing spots, but it doesn’t contain any magical acne-preventing properties.  In actuality, not only will toothpaste actually burn our skin but it also contains the renowned pore-clogger, sodium lauryl sulphate.

Myth #10: Zits Zapped Forever  (Acne can be cured)

Despite the proliferation of adverts and manufacturers bleating on about how you can banish your spots forever, the truth is that there is no actual cure for acne. Most people will grow out of it, but it’s an unpredictable affliction.  The bottom line is that it can be controlled if you use the right products in the right way.

For the people it affects, acne can be a serious problem – but don’t let it hold you back. Don’t let acne put your life on hold. Check out Dr Fox’s acne FAQ and acne information pages and range of medications and antibiotics.