Myth: Acne is related to
Reality: After years of
studies, no correlation between diet and acne has been found.
There is no evidence that chocolate, sugar, oil, milk, seafood,
or any other food causes acne. Some people absolutely insist
that a certain food causes acne for them. In this case, doctors
sometimes recommend that they avoid that food. The bottom line
is that changing your diet will most likely not affect your
acne, and avoiding foods in order to clear your acne is probably
a waste of your time.
Myth: Washing your face
more often will help clear up acne.
Reality: Acne is not
caused by dirt. Frequent washing can actually irritate your
skin. Excess irritation can worsen acne. A washcloth can
aggravate this situation further. Use bare hands to wash and
only wash twice a day unless you play some sort of sport which
requires the use of a face mask during the day. In that case, a
third washing and application of medication may be appropriate.
Sweat from exercise itself, however, does not aggravate acne and
should not be met with excess washing.
Myth: Stress causes acne.
Reality: Stress is not a
very important factor in acne despite what you may have heard.
Drugs that treat severe stress may have acne as a side effect,
but stress itself is no big deal. Your time is better spent
determining the right course of acne treatment rather than
feeling guilt about stress.