The uneven facial texture that results from painful and pus-filled lumps sticking out from beneath the skin as well as the black and red patches that follow are agreeably no one’s delight.
Yet, there are common misconceptions about acne that ends up worsening the plights of those who suffer from the commonplace skin disease.
Without much ado, here are five widespread misconceptions that you should beware of as you edge towards completely ridding yourself of acne and − of course − what you should do instead.
Contrary to common convictions, those moments of face stroking and pimple popping that is widely thought to aid the eradication of acne lumps might be doing you more harm than good.
Popping your pimples does not get rid of them, but could cause further skin irritation that opens the skin to infections and causes the acne to come back worse.
Acne’s for Teenagers
Most teenagers battle acne only for it to clears up before or in their early 20s. However this is not enough to rule that acne is a skin pathology typical of teenagers.
Hormonal changes sure contribute to the rise in androgen levels which in turn spur a chain of biological changes, which eventually cause acne to develop.
However, the condition can result for a variety of reasons such as stress and bacterial infection, among others.
Diet Causes Acne
Although it is a common belief that proper diet allows for a smooth skin and overall physical wellness, ‘reliable studies’ have not been able to come up with ‘convincing evidence’ that certain foods cause acne.
Unfortunately there are likely widespread speculations about this but food alone neither cures acne nor prevents it.
This may come as a surprise but there’s actually no proven cure for acne, as even medications widely thought as cures only work relatively for some and not at all for others.
Dermatologists could often prescribe a number of antibiotics and food supplements but these are often meant for ‘reducing the intensity’ of acne−not curing it.
Many believe acne’s caused by dirt sticking to their faces, so they think scrubbing hard while in the bathroom could help alleviate their plight.
Although, skin irritation and clogging; bacteria infections are among conditions that presage acne, they don’t−in themselves−cause it. Scrubbing would, hence, only cause further skin irritation and allow the condition to spread.
What You Should Do Instead
Cleansing your skin twice a day with the right cleansing spirit would help remove oil and bacteria, preventing the acne from forming or further spreading.
It could also be helpful to consult with your dermatologist to ensure you’re approaching your acne the right way, since treatments often come in varying concentrations depending on the intensity of the acne.
You should also consider moisturizing your skin to prevent the body from compensating for its dryness by producing the excess oil that eventually leads to acne.
Owing to the widely established findings that there are no specific treatments for acne, dermatologists often adopt a multidimensional approach to treatment.
For this reason, leveraging on food supplements to provide nutritional support would go a long way in helping with acne mitigation and wound healing.