If you have suffered from acne, you’ve probably heard about a million and one different things that you can do to treat it, or ways that you may have developed it to begin with. Many individuals have no problem telling you that if you washed your face more or didn’t eat so much chocolate, you wouldn’t have as many skin problems and imperfections.
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The fact is, most of what you’ve heard throughout your teenage and adult years about acne have all been myths. Here are some of the most common myths about acne and treatments.
Myth Number 1: Eating Chocolate Causes Acne
There is a lot of controversy surrounding diets and breakouts. Although there have been studies that have shown that eating a lot of foods that are high in iodides such as french fries and sugar-laden candy can make blemishes worse, your diet is not the cause for originally developing an acne problem to begin with. Acne is simply an inherited disorder of the pores that some are prone to while others are not. If eating chocolate and fried foods caused acne, then all teenagers would be struggling with their skin.
Myth Number 2: Washing Your Face More Often Will Prevent Acne
Although this may seem like a fact, washing your face several times every day will actually not prevent breakouts. Instead, it may irritate your skin further, causing it to become dehydrated from washing so much. Acne first develops deep inside of the pores. Products that are designed to penetrate the area inside of the pores, rather than the outside, will help prevent breakouts from forming.
Myth Number 3: Adults Don’t Get Acne
You’ve probably heard before that you just need to let acne run its course and when you’re an adult, you won’t be dealing with this issue anymore. However, this is simply false. Studies have even shown that many adults are still struggling with acne well into their 30s, 40s and 50s. The only difference is that if you are still experiencing breakouts as you age, they may look different than it did when you were a teenager.
Myth Number 4: Spot Treating with Benzoyl Peroxide Gets Rid of Acne
Benzoyl peroxide products can be used as a preventive against acne. The benzoyl peroxide kills that microcomedones before the acne overtakes the pores. However, spot treating is typically not beneficial because you are trying to treat an acne lesion that has already formed rather than the pores where acne may be forming. Instead of spot treating, benzoyl peroxide should be used to treat other areas of the skin where acne may be starting.
Myth Number 5: Toothpaste Can Cure Breakouts
Many believe that toothpaste can cure acne by drying out the existing legions, but this is simply just a myth. While it does dry out the lesion, toothpaste does not cure or prevent acne from forming on the skin. Many brands of toothpaste also include sodium lauryl sulfate in their formulas which can irritate your skin and clog your pores, causing additional breakouts.