Myth 1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
Fact: The main cause of acne is hormonal in nature. While it is necessary to keep your skin clean, washing your face twice a day with a mild soap will suffice. Extensive scrubbing at your skin will only cause your acne to worsen.
Myth 2: Only teenagers get acne
Fact: Anyone can experience acne. It is considered a teenagers disease by many people because the heightened hormonal activity during puberty can cause acne to form more frequently on the skin of a teenager. Acne can occur at any age from infancy late into adulthood and is particularly visible during periods of heightened hormonal activity.
Myth 3: Acne is caused by what you eat.
Fact: Scientists have found no proof linking the formation of acne to what you eat. However, it is possible to ensure a healthy skin by watching what you eat, including plenty of fresh vegetables in your diet, and not going wild with the junk food.
Myth 4: Acne is caused by stress.
Fact: While stress can have many negative effects on your body, including damaging your skin and increasing the production of harmful hormones, it is not a cause of acne.
Myth 5: Toothpaste cures acne.
Fact: The combination of ingredients in toothpaste work together to protect your teeth and are not intended to be used on the surface of your skin. Toothpaste can dry out your skin and increase inflammation, thus worsening any outbreak of acne.
Myth 6: Acne is caused by dirt getting into the pores.
Fact: Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become blocked with sebum and dead skin cells. It is quite possible for bacteria that is normally found on the surface of your skin to become trapped inside the pore. When this clogged pore pushes through the surface of the skin, it oxidises and becomes a darker colour making it appear that there is dirt inside.
Myth 7: The rays of the sun can heal acne.
Fact: While the rays of the sun can temporarily dry out the excess sebum in the skin, prolonged exposure to the sun can result in more serious health threats such as skin cancer.
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