Most adults are likely to have experienced acne at some point in their lives.
Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by external factors alone. Pimples grow when internal functions and hormonal fluctuations cause excessive oil production that in turn leads to the clogging of the skin’s pores when dead skin cells and dirt form a plug. The hyperactivity of the oil glands, medically referred to as sebaceous glands, make different parts of the body more prone to developing pimples. Body areas like the face, the chest, and the back have the most concentration of oil glands and are therefore the areas to watch when anticipating pimple problems.
There are a lot of old wives tales and myths about acne that have been carried through these modern times. These misconceptions and the biological factors that cause acne are the main reasons why the problem of acne persists today despite the multitude of medicines and treatments available. Here are some of the common myths about acne that do not address the problem at all:
- Pop ‘til it stops – Many believe that a pimple will heal when you pop it until the clogged impurities are drained out of the pore. This practice actually produces and opposite result. It spreads the bacteria and causes more acne breakouts in the surrounding areas. The worst thing about this is that you could end up with a face full of acne spots and scars that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Popping your zits damages your skin and causes deep scarring. Depending on how bad these scars are, you might eventually need serious dermatologic treatments in order to get rid of the disfiguring acne scars.
- Get some sun and burn the zit – Some people advice sun exposure, or even tanning, as a way to get rid of their pimple problem. The truth about this is that, on some occasions, tanning partially “hides” pimples because of the skin’s darker color. There is, however, no evidence based on scientific research that points to the practice of sunning as beneficial to the healing of pimples. What people should worry about are the risks of overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Premature aging and skin cancer are just two of the possible effects of excessive sun exposure. Wearing a non-comedogenic sunblock with ample sun protection factor is always advisable when outdoors.
- Wash and wash – Pimples are aggravated by dirt. While the logical way to clean out dirt is to wash it frequently, it does not hold true when it comes to pimples. Oily skin will get even more irritated with frequent washing. The oil that makes the skin greasy and traps that dirt will get washed off with frequent washing. But, to compensate for the oils that were stripped off the skin, the oil glands compensate by producing more oil. Washing no more than a couple of times a day is recommended for people with acne. This will be enough to wash off the dirt and oils without drying out the skin. Follow this up with a good toner, moisturizer, and sun protection to complete your skin care regimen.
- Can’t go loco over Choco – This is one of the most common myths about acne. Teens and adults are advised to remove chocolates, nuts, and other oily foods from their diet to prevent pimples. These foods do not have anything to do with acne. They do not cause pimples, but it is easy for people to believe that an increased intake of these foods cause the skin to break out. Chocolates, for instance, are consumed in increased quantities by women who are getting close to their monthly periods, largely for the natural “high” that these decadent treats bring. During these times, hormonal changes occur, causing pimple break-outs. Unfortunately, it’s the chocolates that get blamed for the skin problem.
It’s about time that we pop these pimple myths to oblivion. There are a lot of scientifically proven methods and medications that can help combat this skin problem. Professional help is also within reach for those who have perennial pimple problems. There is no room for myths when it comes to facial care.