ACNE: WHAT’S FACT AND WHAT’S FICTION?
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on November 14, 2023
Acne is a common skin condition that disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults.
Acne can be caused by overproduction of oil, dead skin cells clogging pores, and bacteria.
The influx of skincare products and the desire for flawless skin have led to many acne myths and misconceptions, which can mislead people into using ineffective or even harmful treatments.
Myth: Acne is caused by dirt and poor hygiene.
Fact: Acne is not caused by dirt or poor hygiene. In fact, scrubbing your face too hard can irritate your skin and make acne worse. Instead, maintain a balanced skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and targeted treatments.
Myth: Eating groundnuts and greasy foods causes acne.
Fact: There is no evidence that eating groundnuts or greasy foods directly causes acne. However, spending extended periods of time cooking in oil can affect your skin, as the oil can stick to your face and clog your hair follicles.
Myth: Popping pimples makes them go away faster.
Fact: Popping pimples can actually make them worse and lead to scarring. It’s best to leave pimples alone and let them heal on their own.
Myth: Acne is only for teenagers.
Fact: Acne can affect people of all ages, including adults. Hormones, stress, lifestyle changes, new skincare products, and certain medications can all trigger acne.
If you have acne, see a dermatologist for treatment. They can help you identify your acne type and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Here are some additional tips for managing acne:
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
- Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer.
- Apply acne medication once or twice a day as directed by your dermatologist.
- Avoid popping pimples.
- Wear sunscreen every day.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
With proper treatment and management, acne can be controlled.