According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars. Below are some myths about acne.
Diet. A few decades ago, doctors believed that diet had no effect on acne. Recent studies show that diary, sugar and fried food can cause acne. If you have acne prone skin, consider adopting a diet that consists of food rich in antioxidants, green tea, water and probiotics.
Age. Acne can effect anyone at any age, including adults. Adults can experience acne due to many reasons like hormone changes, age, pregnancy and stress. It’s important not to let the daily stresses of life effect us. Exercise and a clean healthy diet can keep acne away.
Makeup. Some makeup products can cause acne, especially those that have ingredients like isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl myristate, myristyl myristate, lanolin oil, coconut butter or lauric acid. These ingredients are can clog pores resulting in pimples. Choose products that are oil-free, non-comedogenic, paraben-free and sulfate-free. Make sure to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week.
Sun. People believe the sun can cure acne, it does not. The sun can cause skin cancer and photodamage. Avoid the sun during its peak hours between 10a.m. – 4p.m.
Stress. Stress can lead to many diseases including acne. Exercising can reduce stress and has many benefits for a person’s health. Whenever you feel stressed, sit down, breathe and count to 10.