Understanding acne: Busting 6 myths to keep your face clean and clear

Before you treat acne, it’s best to detach fact yourself from fiction.
Understanding acne: Busting 6 myths to keep your face clean and clearUnderstanding acne: Busting 6 myths to keep your face clean and clear
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With the summer season at its peak, skin problems are common. The heat, sweat and harsh weather make it more difficult to keep your skin glowing and fresh. Acne is one of the most widespread skin condition that affects teenagers and adults.

 

Before you treat acne, it’s best to detach fact yourself from fiction. Dr Kiran Godse, Consultant Dermatologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi busts some myths and enlists the lesser known facts associated with it.

 

Myth 1: Washing more helps purge acne

 

Fact: Acne is not triggered by dirt. The common misbelief is that pores are choked from the top down due to the dirt, in reality, pores are choked from the inside out. Instead of shielding off acne, washing your face too much may irritate the pores, and cause them to clog and cause extreme dryness of the skin. It is ideal that you wash your face a maximum of twice a day.

 

Myth 2: The sun helps clean up acne

 

Fact: The fact is that spending about 10 to 20 minutes a day out in the sun could help people with acne, particularly with back acne or acne on other parts of the body. But, overexposure of the sun will lead to skin damage. This can, in fact, result in more acne over the weeks.

 

Myth 3: Make-up is one of the reasons for acne

 

Fact: Make-up has often been misjudged as the cause for acne; makeup alone does not cause acne though. The fault lies in not removing makeup properly. If you use makeup throughout the day, give your skin time to breathe at night. Ensure that every bit of makeup is removed before you go to bed.

 

Myth 4: Eating greasy food leads to acne

 

Fact: This is not true; however some foods can play a role in increasing acne to those who are susceptible. However, it’s not the “greasy” layer on food that causes acne but instead its inflammatory component.Foods with a high glycemic index can aggravate acne.

 

Myth 5: Acne is caused due to stress

 

Fact: It is true that stress may disturb your hormone levels and therefore cause acne. However, a good acne treatment system will definitely be overwhelmed by any effect stress may have on your acne. Some psychiatric medicines have listed acne as a side effect, but stress alone is unlikely to have a serious impact.

 

Myth 6: Acne is treatable

 

Fact: The truth is there is no cure for acne. Acne is long-lasting and can last anywhere from a few years in teens to up to 20 years or more in adults. It’s an ailment, which means it is a constant situation that occurs on your skin and beneath its surface. Acne may swing by at different times in your life, but if you have acne it needs treatment by dermatologist and acne can be controlled by suitable medications and topical creams and gels.

 

Here is a 3-step skincare routine to help avoid acne:

 

·        Use face wash twice a day

·        Use an anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week

·        Drink lots of water

 

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