In this post, we are going to be looking at 10 misconceptions about acne. Everyone has a pimple from time to time. Adolescents average more than adults. Acne can be recognized by blackheads and inflammation. There are quite a few opinions about why it is and what you can do about it. The most important misunderstandings are listed here.
1. Acne is caused by poor hygiene
People with acne are often unfairly left a mark. Acne is often caused by a change in the hormone balance, which changes the sebum production in the skin. In combination with a bacterium, an inflammation then arises. However, it is absolutely not the case that acne is caused by poor hygiene.
However, it is wise to wash the skin twice a day with lukewarm water and a soap-free washing gel. Avoid using a tonic, face wash, or lotion with a lot of alcohol. This dries out the skin and that in turn promotes sebum production. That way, the pores become even more clogged.
2. Sunlight reduces acne
It is sometimes said that sunlight can reduce skin conditions. In the case of acne, sunlight usually makes it worse. It may be that the redness of acne is less noticeable because the skin darkens. However, acne does not subside.
3. Acne is caused by poor nutrition
Chocolate, pork, and mayonnaise are sometimes seen as the major culprits in acne. However, there is no scientific evidence for this yet. Still, it is believed that certain foods affect the condition of the skin. A varied and balanced diet is the first step to healthy skin.
If you think a particular food is causing you more blemishes than usual, try avoiding the product for a while.
4. Toothpaste dries out blemishes
Wouldn’t it be great if this simple method actually worked: apply a little toothpaste before going to sleep and the pimple is dried out the next morning. Unfortunately, this is not true. The ingredients in toothpaste can actually worsen the complaints.
5. Pimples with a white head are best squeezed out
Squeezing pimples is very bad! You damage the skin, the inflammation can worsen and this can result in a scar. Leave pimples alone as much as possible. What you can do to prevent recontamination is to replace and wash your pillowcase and towel regularly.
6. Acne is contagious
A bacteria is involved in the development of acne, but acne itself is not contagious. The bacteria spread within the hair follicles. The bacterium therefore does not come into contact with the air and cannot be transferred to other people. Not even with physical contact.
7. You will only find acne on the face
Indeed, the face is the area most commonly affected by acne. Especially the t-zone (chin, nose, and forehead), because there are many sebaceous glands here. Acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne, also occurs on the chest and shoulders. Acne conglobata, a severe form in men, can also be found on the back and buttocks.
8. Acne is caused by stress
Stress cannot trigger acne blemishes on healthy skin. Still, some studies seem to show that stress can worsen acne temporarily. Especially in adults. Producing a fatty secretion in the sebaceous glands is our body’s response to a stressful situation. This can clog the pores of the skin.
9. Makeup is out of the question for acne
Makeup is a great way to camouflage red spots and pimples. Contrary to what was previously claimed, you do not completely cover your skin with makeup. Light products are better for your skin. If you use makeup, it is especially important to regularly clean sponges and brushes and to clean your skin every night.
10. Acne only occurs in adolescents
Generally, acne flares up during puberty. It occurs in about 85 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 24. Usually, the acne disappears after this time, but the problem can also persist into adulthood. Especially in women. About 5 percent of adults still have