10 Acne Myths You Need To Stop Believing

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10 Acne Myths You Need To Stop Believing
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You hardly know when the spots of bother become 'adult acne'. Isn't it? And then you try to find out the reasons why is that happening to you.

At that time, in your teenage when you face these little monsters, can you blame the diet, lifestyle or genetics? Is makeup your friend or foe? And how can you really get rid of acne? Every one of us has gone through puberty, or at least are currently in the stage of getting to it. Chances are that you've faced the brunt of having a pimple at least once in your adolescent years. Having dealt with pimples all your life, you've probably heard of all the possible causes of acne and zits-from eating oily food to drinking too much water- the list is endless.

I think that would be handier when we can get someone to tell us everything we need to know about the skin condition. So, let's burst those myths about acne and get on with some facts about them.

1. Acne is for teenagers - MYTH

1. Acne is for teenagers - MYTH

Acne can occur during teenage and adult years. In adults, the condition consists of two subtypes: 'persistent acne' - that continues from teenage years and fails to clear and 'late-onset acne' - beginning after the age of 25 years.

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2. Birth control pills increase acne - MYTH

2. Birth control pills increase acne - MYTH
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In fact, birth control pills may help some women control acne. The hormones in birth control pills can help block androgen hormones. Androgen puts oil glands into overdrive. Even if you take birth control pills, you'll still need a good acne skin care routine.

3. Diet food affects acne - MYTH

3. Diet food affects acne - MYTH
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There is a connection between diet and acne. The newest research is showing that there is indeed a connection between food and acne. People who eat more unhealthy fats, dairy products, and sugary foods are more likely to have moderate acne.

4. Stress is responsible - MYTH

4. Stress is responsible - MYTH
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Stress is considered as one of the main culprits when it comes to acne, especially in adults. This happens because when your body is stressed it experiences an increase in the stress hormones.

5. Acne is genetic - MYTH

5. Acne is genetic - MYTH
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Genetics have a large part to play in the development of acne. Some studies have suggested that nearly 80% of acne is due to the presence of certain genes that are inherited.

6. Chocolate worsens acne - MYTH

6. Chocolate worsens acne - MYTH
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The role of chocolate and its effects on acne remains controversial. A recent laboratory study showed chocolate consumption in the presence of acne bacteria resulted in the increased release of chemicals that cause inflammation which is still confusing.

7. Acne is contagious - MYTH

7. Acne is contagious - MYTH
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Acne is not contagious and cannot spread from person to person. Whilst acne bacteria have a role to play in its development, it cannot be transmitted like most bacterial infections.

8. Don't squeeze them - FACT

8. Don't squeeze them - FACT
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It is not advisable to pick, scratch or squeeze your spots. All of these lead to skin damage and can potentially result in permanent pigmentation marks or scarring of the skin.

9. Avoid makeup - MYTH

9. Avoid makeup - MYTH
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There is no need to avoid makeup if you have acne and many people choose to conceal their spots as it provides self-confidence. It is important to choose the right products for oily, blemish-prone skin, opt for an oil-free foundation.

10. Steroids help disappear acne - FACT

10. Steroids help disappear acne - FACT
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Steroid injections are a useful method for treating large, stubborn, solitary acne cysts, or if a rapid response is required like before an important social event. Steroid can be injected directly into the acne lesions and this results in flattening of the cyst within 42-72 hours.

That's all folks!

All the above-mentioned facts have been taken from Cadogan Clinic

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