Truth and Falsehoods About Acne
When you’re looking to treat a stubborn condition like acne, it helps to be as well informed as possible. This is really the case when people have so many different wrong impressions when it comes to acne. In this article we will look at some of these misconceptions and provide the real information.
The first myth about acne involves the sun and claims that exposure to it can clear up acne outbreaks. Pimples don’t show up as well on tanned skin, which makes this an easy myth for many people to believe. The irony is that exposure to the sun actually causes irritation to the skin making it more likely for pimples to appear. So any relief you would get from the sun, or by artificial tanning is temporary at best. The hope of relief is not nearly enough to make it worth the risk you’re taking by exposing your skin to the sun. If you’re going out in the sun, make sure you wear sunscreen.
Make sure to choose sunscreen that is oil free in order to avoid exacerbating your acne problem.
There’s nothing contagious about acne. This isn’t a condition that can be passed from one person to another through kissing. You can even share the same soap without "catching" it. There isn’t a contagious element to acne at all. Acne isn’t the cold or flu. It can’t be shared. It’s all about the hormones and bacteria being created within the body and not external factors. The idea of whether or not acne is impacted by things such as diet and stress is still debated among the experts. There is no doubt among them however about the contagiousness of acne.
Whether or not makeup can lead to acne is a complex issue. Wearing the right makeup can certainly hide blemishes, and it can be useful for that purpose. There are many people however, who do believe that cosmetics are massive culprits when it comes to acne. Should you wear makeup while you’re fighting an acne outbreak? There is no "one size fits all" answer. It depends on your makeup and your skin. There are cosmetics that are labeled as noncomedogenic or even nonacnegenic. Those cosmetics are least likely to cause skin irritation. However, if you have severe acne it’s best to ask your doctor about what kind of makeup is safe to wear. Your skin is unique to you and your dermatologist will have the inside track as to what might be causing the irritations to your skin.
Acne is frustrating when you have all the facts – doubly so when you’re acting on false information and not getting the results you want. Hopefully, you’ll be able to avoid a few of the fictitious acne cures after reading this. With so much bad information going around about acne, the simplest solution is to make your doctor your first stop.
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