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Spots, zits, pimples, a pain in the ass – call them what you like, acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world! Today's blog explores and ahem, pops, these acne myths!
"Eating junk food causes Acne"
Burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Five Guys HERE I COME. All scientific research available has not found any foods that cause acne. However! A healthy, balanced diet is good for your heart and general health. Drinking plenty of water and food rich in water such as apples, will hydrate and improve the health of your skin!
"Acne is caused by dirty skin and bad hygiene." The UK National Health Service explains that 'Biological reactions that trigger acne occur underneath the skin, not on the surface.' In fact, washing your face more than twice a day could in actually aggravate your skin.
"Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads and spots is a good way to get rid of acne." LEAVE YOUR FACE ALONE. As irresistible as it is, the germs on your fingers will make the pimples worse and may leave you with acne scars.
"Sunbathing, sunbeds and sunlamps help improve acne." The NHS explains that there is no conclusive evidence that prolonged exposure to sunlight or using sunbeds or sunlamps can improve acne. Many medications used to treat acne can make your skin more sensitive to light, so exposure could cause painful damage to your skin, not to mention increase your risk of skin cancer.
"Acne is infectious." WRONG! You can't pass acne on to other people.
So there you have it! These are the five myths of acne. In the next blog we find out what causes acne and how we can fight it!