Acne FACTS and MYTHS
Article written by Jack Bullock
Copyright 2000 - All Rights Reserved
MYTH: Acne is a result of poor hygiene
FACT: As a result of this myth, people tend to overwash their skin, scrubbing hard with abrasive cleansers. Acne is not caused by dirt or surface oil. Cleaning skin too often may aggravate acne and can cause flare-ups. Hand wash skin twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry, and use appropriate acne treatment.
MYTH: Poor diet affects acne
FACT: There have been no scientific studies (to date) that prove that diet has any effect on acne. However, this does not mean that you will not be affected by what you eat. True, studies have not been done, but this is because this would take a huge amount of data to make it work. Different foods affect different bodies. Different bodies have different digestive abilities. Different bodies have different filtering/cleaning abilities. Different bodies have different metabolic abilities. Different bodies have different sebum thinning abilities. The list goes on and on. Until there's a way to factor in all of these options, while monitoring dietary intake, the results could not be considered conclusive. With that being said, we at Acne Miracle feel that diet plays a MAJOR role in the production of acne breakouts and that a modified diet is needed to maintain long-term clarity.
MYTH: Acne is caused by eating too many sweets (refined sugar)
FACT: Refined sugar (candy) has not been linked to actually causing acne breakouts, however, it has been linked to weaking the immune system. Refined sugar has the ability to weaken the body's ability to fight off infection and heal itself. Since acne is an infection, the refined sugar inhibits the body's ability to fight the acne infection. In other words, instead of 3 pimples you now have 10. Instead of a 2 week healing time it will now take 4-6 weeks for the pimple to disappear and heal.
MYTH: You have to let acne run its course
FACT: Acne is a treatable condition. There is no need to wait for skin to clear up on its own. Acne pimples typically have a 6-8 week lifeline, however cystic acne can take longer to clear. The longer you wait, the more likely your chances are of permanent scarring. Also, without a balanced treatment system you will not be able to eliminate/minimize future breakouts.
MYTH: Stress causes acne
FACT: Stress can aggravate acne and become a major symptom behind breakouts, but it is not the cause. Stress can throw your hormones out of balance, which can end up increasing the production of sebum, resulting in acne (if sebum is not thin). Also, stress can have an effect on the way your food is digested. Food that isn't broken down completely (for easier elimination) can re-enter the bloodstream and affect your internal system, resulting in acne. Be sure to get a full nights sleep to help calm your system.
MYTH: Acne is hereditary
FACT: While you will have the same genetic tendencies (internally, externally, and habitually) that can trigger acne outbreaks, acne itself is not hereditary.
MYTH: Acne is just a topical disease
FACT: Acne is actually an internal disease that manifests itself externally. Acne is your body's way of letting you know that your system is not functioning 100% and that something needs to be repaired. While acne itself poses no serious threats to a person's physical health, it will most likely affect a person's self-image.
MYTH: Bacteria causes acne
FACT: Acne itself is a bacteria, but it needs to proper breeding ground in order to flourish. It has been said that everyone has acne bacteria on their skin, however, it is only those individuals that provide the acne bacteria with the proper environment for them to flourish that end up suffering from breakouts.
MYTH: Everyone outgrows acne
FACT: Just because acne is more prevalent during puberty, this doesn't mean that it will magically disappear when a person reaches adulthood. Some do outgrow acne. When hormone production regulates, skin clears up. But for others, acne can become lifelong battle.
MYTH: Acne will clear if you wash your face frequently
FACT: Washing your face more than 2 times per day can actually cause you to have have acne, or bigger outbreaks. Harsh soaps and exfoliating scrubs can do incredible damage to your skin. When your skin becomes too dry, or the pressure against the skin is too great, your system will produce more sebum (skin oil) as a means to protect (and lubricate) itself. More sebum equals more acne (if the sebum is not thin).
MYTH: Acne affects teenage males and females at the same rate
FACT: Acne affects teenage boys at a higher rate than girls because of the production of the male hormone androgen. However, these figures even out in adulthood.
MYTH: Excess sweating causes acne
FACT: Excess sweating can become a symptom of acne, but it is not a cause for the disease. Sweat is made up of 90-95% water and 5-10% toxins and it is your body's way of cleaning itself out. If these toxins are not cleaned off your skin in a timely manner they will create a breeding ground for acne bacteria. Also, excessive sweating on a daily basis can lead to your skin increasing the size of its oil glands (as protection). Bigger oil glands equals increased oil flow. Increased oil flow equals increased amount of acne lesions (if oil is not thin).
MYTH: Suntanning reduces acne
FACT: At first this may seem true, but the prolonged exposure to sunlight will eventually hurt the acne prone skin. The sunlight works to heat your skin and therefore works to thin out skin sebum as it comes to the surface. However, prolonged exposure will force your skin to increase the sebum production in order to heal the damaged skin. As discussed througout this report, this could lead to increased breakouts. Also, while a tan may make acne (and scars) less visible, many acne treatments make skin sensitive to ultraviolet rays.
MYTH: Squeezing pimples causes acne scars
FACT: While this may lead to deeper scarring or increased inflammation, this is not the origin of the acne scar. Once "pus" has broken through the skin, the scar has been formed. A little "pus" equals a little scar, a lot of "pus" equals a bigger scar. It is always better to clear the pus from your system than to allow it to dissolve back into your skin. However, if you do not squeeze correctly (and at the right time) you will force the infection deeper into your skin and this will result in a much bigger acne lesion (and most likely a bigger scar).
MYTH: Sex affects acne
FACT: Scientifically, to date, there has been no evidence of this. However, there has been some information posted that increased sexual activity can deplete the skin with the nutrients that it uses to break down the skin oil. Without the ability to break down (thin) the skin oil, acne will result. Although this has not been scientifically proven as of yet, you should monitor your own experiences.
I hope this report "hit home". Use this information to empower yourself.
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