Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at least once or twice in their lifetime. However, there are various myths that exist about the latter. As a result, these myths mislead the people and end up causing discrimination and stigmatization of the Acne victims. This is mainly due to the reactions and perceptions that the people have on acne. It is important to precisely define Acne, and explain its causes. Hence, we will be able to have a deeper understanding of the condition. Here are 5 myths about acne demystified.
What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that causes zits or pimples on the skin of the affected individual. As a result, blackheads, whiteheads or red and inflamed patches may appear on the victim’s skin in the form of cysts. Acne can get worse due to different reasons. These include stress and anxiety, hormonal changes and skin reaction to medications such as steroids. Phenobarbital, Rifampin, Isoniazid and Quinine are a few of the aforementioned conditions. As such, Acne has been shrouded as a mystery with false myths that make the Acne condition even worse, more so to the Acne patients. Let’s take a look at a few of the common myths about acne.
Myth 1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene
Contrary to the popular belief, that Acne is caused by poor hygiene, the cause of Acne is mostly related to stress and anxiety, hormonal changes and use of medications that the skin is reactive to. “As a result, most people end up washing the face countless number of times a day, carelessly rubbing the skin making the conditions degenerate from bad to worse,” points out Dr, Pipkin. Instead, Dr, Pipkin recommends washing the face gently, twice a day using the non-abrasive material.
Myth 2: Acne goes away on its own
Despite the availability of Acne treatment, many Acne victims suffer silently with Acne instead of seeking medical help to treat and prevent Acne problems. Clogging of skin pores can cause and even worsen Acne and skin inflammation. To help treat and prevent future Acne breakouts, there are various treatments available in Pakistan to get rid of acne including laser treatment, retinoid, and fillers to mention just a few.
Myth 3: Acne is caused by oily, sugary and fried foods
Even though there may be a connection between Acne and diet, there is no evident proof as it is yet to be scientifically established that junk food and greasy foods cause Acne. Recent studies indicate that, while most of those affected by Acne have oily skin; sugary, fatty foods and junk foods have absolutely nothing to do with Acne breakouts. However, it is crucial to remain cautious of the diet that one takes, as some foods may trigger Acne problem while others may not.
Myth 4: Acne only occurs in the face
While Acne that appears on the face are most notable, Acne does not appear on the face only but also on the chest, the back, arms, buttocks and shoulders too. Essentially, Acne may occur in all the body parts containing sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are responsible for producing oil to lubricate the skin.
Myth 5: Acne only occurs in teenagers
Acne is a condition most prevalent in teenagers due to hormonal changes. However, it is not restricted to age, season or any specific reason whatsoever. Recent studies suggest that more than 50 % of women and 25% of men get Acne between the ages of 25 and 45. Acne does not discriminate and can affect both babies and adults alike.