Monday, December 9, 2013

Top Five Acne Myths Unravelled

We are all aware about the devastating effects that acne has on our skin. All over the world, many people have suffered or are still suffering the wrath of acne. Because of this, the dermatology industry is now bombarded with different acne treatment and acne prevention strategies. With all the amount of information out there, not all of those are truths. With that in mind, how can you weed out the truths from the myths?

In this article, you will be reading a few myths about acne. Here they are:

Regular washing of the face can help prevent breakouts.

Truth is, washing your face will not have any direct relationships with your chances of getting breakouts. In fact, over washing can even lead to skin irritation and dehydration. For your information, acne begins deep in your pore. The dead skin cells are produced more than normal, piling up on your pore, thereby creating a microcomedone. If you really wish to get rid of acne or prevent breakouts, you will be needing treatments that would get inside the pore.

An acne treatment must sting in order for it to be effective.

This is a common misconception that a lot of acne sufferers need to be enlightened of. It is true that acne treatments should be strong in order to be effective. However, you must keep in mind that too strong substances applied on your face will lead to skin irritation or even burning. Stinging and tingling of the skin means that it is burning already. If the products you are using cause tingling or stinging sensation, then you must take a break from these medications for just a few days. 

Toothpaste can treat acne.

This is a  myth that has been circulating for too long making a lot of people think it is true. Even though toothpaste has the capabilities to dry out acne lesions, it cannot do anything to stop acne from forming. If you are looking for a spot-on treatment, there are actually lots of better alternatives that you can choose from . Aside from the fact that toothpaste has the capacity to burn your skin, most toothpaste also contain sodium lauryl sulfate. This substance is known to clog the pores, which is really bad for people with acne. 

Lemon juice can treat acne.

Lemon juice has antiseptic properties which can be quite useful in managing acne. However, it cannot treat acne altogether. In addition to that, people with sensitive skin may develop rashes or redness when they apply lemon juice. Same effect will occur if you are exposed to the sun while you still have lemon juice on your skin.

Tanning can help clear the skin. 

Being out in the sun may lead to drying out of pimples an may even help in clearing out he skin for a certain amount of time. The sad part is, it will come back an the pimples would become even more aggressive.This will be useful for a short while but you will suffer afterwards. 

Now that you have busted these myths, you are one step closer to treating your acne problems! 

About the Author: 
Ley is a skin care advocate who gives out acne treatment tips and advice based on her experience in life.

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