Myths About Acne

Acne is a common skin problem that most teens, some kids and even adults get. It’s such a pedestrian nuisance that many tales are spun about it. Below are some of the most common acne myths debunked.

Myth: Getting a tan help clear up skin

A tan may cover the redness of acne temporarily. But, there is no evidence that support this myth. People who get a tan naturally or in tanning booths or beds could develop dry, irritated, or even burned skin. They are also at an increased risk of premature aging, and skin cancer.

Always wear protective clothing, hats and sun glasses when you step out. Do not forget to put on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Choose a sunscreen that is labeled "noncomedogenic" or "nonacnegenic," meaning they won’t clog your pores. Avoid using tanning beds or booths. Ask your doctor if a sunless tanning product is a better option.

People who use prescription acne medication (including oral contraceptives which are usually prescribed to help clear up acne) are encouraged to stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds. Acne meds are extremely sensitive to sunlight and rays from UV tanning booths.

Myth: Eating greasy, fried foods or chocolate can cause acne

A number of scientific studies arrived at the same conclusion: There’s no link between diet and acne. You could use this myth to make your kids eat more greens, telling them that pizza and chocolate can cause zits is not entirely factual.

Myth: The more you wash your face, the fewer breakouts you’ll have

Believe it or not, hygiene has nothing to do with the development of acne, either. Washing your face daily removes surface dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil. However, washing to often or too vigorously can lead to dryness and irritation – which can actually make acne worse.

Dermatologists recommend gently washing (not scrubbing or rubbing)

your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, and then patting the skin dry. Kids should not use harsh exfoliants or scrubs that can irritate blemishes. Using toners is also discouraged since they contain high concentrations of alcohol which can dry out skin.

Myth: Popping pimples will make them go away faster

Popping a zit can actually make them stay around longer. Popping a zit can push bacteria further into the skin, making the skin around it more reddened and inflamed. Pimple-popping gadgets aren’t much safer either. Popping can also cause brown or red scars to form that could last for months. Scars in the form of dents and can stay there for life.

Source: MSN Health