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If you are a human and have gone through puberty, chances are that you've faced the brunt of having a pimple at least once in your adolescent years. Having dealt with pimples all your life, you've probably heard of all the possible causes of acne and zits-from eating oily food to drinking too much water- the list is endless.
A New York City dermatologist Hadley C. King, M.D had decided to bust all the myths. Here are 7 acne myths that keep you from having a clear skin:
While there are several people who get acne in their teenage years, people need to realize that "adult acne" is very common. "It's more common in adult women than in adult men because of ongoing hormonal fluctuations-though some men certainly experience adult acne as well"
There are times when it works but then the causes of pimple are multifactorial. "The major players being hormones, stress, and genes-and you can't change any of those by washing your face," says King. Washing the face can be a solution but doesn't work always.
There's no truth to the idea that the sun clears up acne, says King. In fact, sun decreases the immunity of our skin, making it prone to skin cancer and infections.
This is generally not true, however greasy foods like pizza can cause acne. "We believe foods with a high glycemic index can aggravate acne because of their effects on our endocrine system and hormones-as well as the hormones in the fat component of dairy products, including chocolate," says King.
One of the biggest myths.
That is just a promotional strategy used by skin care products. King says "Birth control pills can make acne worse in some individuals before it gets better, and we sometimes see this with retinoids and isotretinoin (Accutane) as well."
This is not true at all! "The trauma caused by popping a pimple can introduce more bacteria into the lesion and increase inflammation-which will make the zit worse and more likely to leave a dark mark as it heals," says King.
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