These are the 5 Most Common Myths About Acne

Think spots are caused by a poor diet and poor hygiene? Read on…

Most Popular

Like many skin conditions, acne is complex. From random outbreaks to more persistent problems, diagnosing and treating acne isn't always simple - and common misconceptions don't help. New research from Dermalex has revealed a number of prominent skin untruths. Here, we set the record straight:

Myth 1: Acne is caused by a poor diet

Nearly two thirds of acne sufferers have heard that the condition can be caused by a poor diet. On top of this, 50% of sufferers surveyed have heard that chocolate gives you spots.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Fact: While it's best to follow a healthy, balanced and varied diet, it's unproven that a poor diet = acne. Instead, acne results from hormones that promote the over-production of sebum that, in turn, blocks pores, resulting in inflammation and characteristic spots, blackheads or whiteheads.

Like many skin conditions, acne is complex. From random outbreaks to more persistent problems, diagnosing and treating acne isn't always simple - and common misconceptions don't help. New research from Dermalex has revealed a number of prominent skin untruths. Here, we set the record straight:

Most Popular

Myth 1: Acne is caused by a poor diet

Nearly two thirds of acne sufferers have heard that the condition can be caused by a poor diet. On top of this, 50% of sufferers surveyed have heard that chocolate gives you spots.

Fact: While it's best to follow a healthy, balanced and varied diet, it's unproven that a poor diet = acne. Instead, acne results from hormones that promote the over-production of sebum that, in turn, blocks pores, resulting in inflammation and characteristic spots, blackheads or whiteheads.

Myth 3: Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads and spots is the best way to get rid of acne

Nearly 40% of sufferers have heard that squeezing spots and skin impurities is the best way to get rid of acne.

Fact: You should not squeeze or scratch spots - this can make them worse and may lead to inflammation or even scarring. If you think your acne is severe, your doctor, a pharmacist or dermatologist should be a first port-of-call.

Myth 4: Sunbathing, sun beds and sunlamps help improve the symptoms of acne

Over 40% of acne sufferers have heard using sun beds or sunbathing could improve symptoms.

Fact: As well as there being no evidence that using sun beds and sunbathing improves acne, they are associated with increased skin damage and risk of developing skin cancer. Additionally, while some acne products won't make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, medications used to treat acne can do this. So you should always make sure you follow instructions!

Myth 5: Toothpaste, lemon and lime juice are effective in treating acne

Almost half of acne sufferers have used or considered using toothpaste to treat symptoms, while 30% have gone down the citrus-based route and used (or considered using) lemon or lime juice.

Fact: While it's tempting to try to dry out the skin, using harsh substances may lead to unnecessary soreness and these are not designed for use on the skin. Try opting for a clinically proven product that treats mild or moderate acne symptoms such as acne spots, redness and swelling, without drying out the skin.

Via.

What do you think?

Beauty
Share
8 Skin and Hair Concerns You Can Overcome With an Inexpensive Vitamin E Capsule
Not all solutions require breaking a bank!
Beauty
Share
4 Korean Skincare Tricks to Get That Other-Worldly Glow in a Jiffy
Because K-beauty never lets you down.
Beauty
Share
Style Your Hair to TRESemmé's Version of This Grammy-Winning Number
Life is short. Make each hair flip fabulous!
Beauty
Share
15 Cute Flower Nail Designs You Should Try For Spring
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.
Beauty
Share
Kylie Jenner Just Secretly Announced A New Kylie Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
A new Kylie Cosmetics eyeshadow palette is coming—but you didn't hear it from Kylie.
Beauty
Share
7 Easy Ways to Style Textured, Curly, or Wavy Hair
From the magic hands of hairstylist Vernon François.
Beauty
Share
6 Makeup Trends You'll Want to Copy for Spring 2018
Can we skip winter and go straight to spring though?
Beauty
Share
10 Insanely Yummy and Healthy Two-Ingredient Avocado Recipes
Make dessert, smoothies, milkshakes, and more in five minutes flat.
Beauty
Share
9 Things Nutritionists Say You Should Eat Less in 2018
These foods are way overrated — including many that seem perfectly healthy.
Beauty
Share
16 Red Nail Art Designs Perfect for Valentine's Day
Roses are red, and your nails are too.