Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Common Myths Of Acne Exposed

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As we all well know, acne can be a real struggle at any age.

And the ones who suffer the most and who are the most vulnerable, are definitely teenagers.

As we develop into teenagers, we are still growing and our hormones are all over the place.

And this is just the type of thing that can cause an outbreak of acne, our bodies are developing and learning and because of this, our emotions are all over the place.

Now what makes acne suffering even worse, is the common misconception that will always stop us from actually learning just how to control acne.

Let me briefly go over what I regard as a few common myths associated with acne.

And at the same time I want to concentrate on what really works for you.

Firstly we look at getting carried away with washing the infected area -

So many people will tell you that the more you wash, the better - however this is not at all the case!

What people just don't get is that washing your face more and more can in fact irritate your skin and will in the end lead to more and more acne!

Remember what I wrote in my last article - that acne occurs for many different reasons and that whilst it is important to keep the infected area clean - it is also important not to overdo it!

If you wash your face - make sure that you use a mild soap or an appropriate cleanser and never wash your face more than twice a day!

Secondly let us look at - picking or popping your pimples or zits as they are more commonly known -

I guess it is very common for a lot of people, especially if you feel very irritable, to try and pop or remove your pimples.

A lot of us probably feel that by popping or dislodging, we will heal the acne faster.

Unfortunately exactly the opposite occurs and the skin becomes vulnerable to infection, and possibly scarring, and at the same time, more pimples can develop due to the irritation that you have caused.

Thirdly - Acne only affects teenagers -

Wrong - acne can occur at any age.

Poor hygiene -

Again a total misconception as hygiene has nothing to do with acne attacks.

Excessive sun exposure or tanning can cause acne -

Being in sunlight or having our bodies and faces exposed to the sun is a great thing!

We all need a certain amount of sunshine or should I say exposure to sunlight so that we can stay fit and healthy.

While exposure to the sun can kill skin bacteria that doesn't mean that it is an alternative for treating acne.

In fact, too much exposure to the sun can cause your skin cells to die causing your skin to produce more oil which is one of the factors that can lead to breakouts.

- Too much junk food

While eating potato chips and excessive amounts of fried food may lead to other types of harmful illnesses, consuming a few French fries, Fritos, chocolate, or other tasty treats will not have much effect on your acne breakouts, unless you are allergic to the food you consume.

No type of diet can completely cure acne but a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you have healthier skin and avoid infections caused by pimples.

- Acne is contagious

The annoying thing that people seem to say is that acne is contagious.

This is definitely not true.

The bacteria within acne and that inevitably leads to acne is not present on any surface and can not be just passed over.

Contrary to popular belief stress does not trigger acne breakouts.

However, it can make them worse. Having acne is stressful enough in itself, but during stressful times you may notice that your breakouts become worse.

This is due to hormonal fluctuations in your body during times of stress. Whilst learning how to properly manage your stress will not help your acne go away, it may help lessen the severity of your breakouts.

- Shaving causes breakouts

Shaving does not cause acne. It is perfectly okay to shave even during a breakout. Just make sure that your razor is sterilized, you use the correct shaving cream and that you shave very carefully around affected areas as not to irritate your skin even further.

There are many more myths associated with acne.

Hopefully today's article has helped dispel many of them.

When it comes to managing your acne effectively it is important to know the facts.

When in doubt it is a good idea to consult a medical professional or visit your dermatologist especially before trying any type of home remedy or over-the-counter medication.

Daryl Lawson has written numerous articles on the subject matter of acne and encourages people to download his free ebook on dealing with acne naturally.

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