Acne: Fact or Fiction?

FICTION! Actually, washing your skin too frequently or too vigorously can make your acne worse. If your skin is too dry, it will react by producing even more oil, making the pores even more clogged and making your acne worse. Skin care experts suggest washing your skin once or twice a day with a mild soap and patting dry to avoid irritating the skin by rubbing too hard. Also ask your dermatologist for other products or treatments you can use.

FICTION! Believe it or not, there is no connection between food and acne. Scientists have tried to find a link between acne breakouts and bad diet but haven't found one. If you think certain foods make your acne worse, try to avoid eating them. As we all know, a balanced diet, with fruits, vegetables, and lots of water, will help you feel good anyway.

FACT AND FICTION! In some cases, stress is related to hormonal levels, which is linked to acne and acne flare ups. In reality, it is more likely that acne causes more stress for you than your stress causes acne. Studies show that getting your acne under control will improve both the way you look and the way you feel.

FICTION! While it is true that acne is not a disease with a serious health risk, it is still a medical condition. It can seriously damage our skin and cause permanent scarring, both physically and emotionally. A serious result of acne is how it can negatively affect our self esteem.

FICTION! While some people feel that a tan or a tanning bed helps improve acne, there is no scientific proof that this is true. In fact, too much ultraviolet light from the sun or a tanning bed can irritate your skin even more. Not to mention you are putting yourself at risk for skin cancer or premature aging, such as wrinkles and pigmentation. Make sure to check with your doctor before catching those rays: some acne treatments may increase your sensitivity to light.


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