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There are a lot of skin care myths out there. To help you weed out what’s true and what’s not true when it comes to skin care, we put together this list of seven skin-care myths your mom probably never told you about:

Myth #1 – acne is caused by poor hygiene and eating certain foods aggravates the condition. First, acne is not caused by dirt. No matter how many times you wash your face and your body, acne may still appear. The cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, or oil, which clogs the pores. The rate at which the skin on your face produces sebum is not at all affected by dirt. Hormones, stress, pollution and bacteria are some of the culprits behind the appearance of pimples. Additionally, consuming junk foods like chocolate, soda, fried foods and any other oily or greasy foods will not aggravate acne.  Of course, we don’t recommend that you load up on junk food.

Myth #2 – not washing your face often enough can cause blackheads. Many people have blackheads, especially on either sides of the nose. Just like pimples, blackheads are not caused by dirt, so washing your face more often than usual is not the solution. Blackheads appear when the pores become dilated; the cellular buildup leads to oxidation that causes that black color. If you want to steer clear of blackheads, use a good exfoliating face scrub that is suited for your skin type.

Myth #3 – going to a tanning booth is the safest way to add some color to your skin. This is not true at all. Whether it’s natural tanning under the heat of the sun or tanning under the tanning booth, you’re still exposing your skin to UVA rays. Experts agree that this type of exposure can still penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage like premature aging. In effect, you’re also exposing yourself to the risks of developing skin cancers.

Myth #4 – when looking for products that help shield your skin from the rays of the sun, all you need to look for is a higher SPF.  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, an ingredient that is ever-present in sunscreen lotions. Although a higher SPF will offer protection from ultraviolet rays, the SPF will only work in shielding your skin from UVB rays. There are other kinds of ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVC, which some sunscreens may not necessarily protect you from. A good compromise would be to choose a product with SPF 15 or higher that contains ingredients that block both the UVA and UVB rays from penetrating into your skin.

Myth #5 – the more expensive a skin care product is, the better it is for your skin.

Myth #6 – a skin care product claims to be natural, it should be 100 percent good for my skin. First, there are no regulations in the market when it comes to using the term “natural.” Therefore, even if the product contains only one herbal ingredient, they can still use the term “natural.”

Myth #7 – dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic products will work well for any skin type. What causes allergies for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another person, so the term “hypoallergenic” is quite vague. Observe which products lead you to have breakouts or skin rashes and steer clear of them.

At the end of the day, taking care of your skin is all a matter of choosing the right products and having a good skin-care regimen that you can follow on a daily basis. Now that you know about the top skin-care myths and the truth behind them, you can make an informed decision about how to better care for your skin so that you can have that clear, smooth, and flawless complexion you want.

5 Diet Tips that help control Acne
Previously it was believed that fat caused acne — that’s a myth — it has nothing to with acne.   So acne is definitely not the fault of the pizza, but what you eat can definitely have an impact on the skin.

1. Milk
Milk is good for babies and small children, but not so good for young people — especially if you have acne.  Milk contains hormones that can exacerbate acne.  That doesn’t mean you can’t drink milk — coffee and cream or milk with cereal from time to time does not damage the skin.  Just try not to drink more than a glass of milk a day.

2. Sugar
This is not scientifically proven, but many doctors now believe that excess sugar can aggravate acne.

3. Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are not only good for general health, they are important for healthy skin and acne prevention. The best sources for Omega-3 fish include salmon, cod and tuna.  So eat more fish or you can take Omega-3 supplements.

4. Vitamins
Some vitamins are essential for treating acne.  Research has shown that both vitamin B5 and vitamin A in high doses can be excellent in treating acne. You should consult your doctor about the proper dosage before trying these because they can also be toxic.  Vitamin E is also important for healthy and beautiful skin.  Multivitamins are also a good way to prevent acne.  And of course, fruits and vegetables can help your vitamin intake.

5. Zinc
Zinc reduces acne because it boosts your immune system. Good sources of zinc are eggs, whole grains and mushrooms.

Follow these tips for at least two weeks and you should see their effects.  Don’t expect miracles, but in combination with other acne treatments, you’ll be happy with the results.

 

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With all the information on acne causes and treatments in books, magazines, or on the Internet, it’s difficult sometimes to know what is fact and what is myth.  Acne treatments range from home remedies, herbal medicines, creams, gels, vitamins, antibiotics, hormonal treatments, retinoids, laser treatment and the list goes on.

First of all what is acne? Acne is the result of hair follicles and skin pores getting clogged when the body produces too much oil which builds up which then leads to swelling, pimples, zits or whiteheads.  The oily substance is called sebum, which lubricates and moisturizes the skin and hair.  Normally, sebum produces small amounts of oil, but sometimes, although no one knows for sure why, starts over-producing oil.  Hormones play a part in the amount of sebum that is produced during adolescence.  The male hormone androgen can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge leading to the increase of more sebum.

Some FACTS about acne:

  • Popping pimples can lead to infection and scarring.
  • An acne treatment that works for one person may not work for you.
  • If other family members have/or had acne, it’s more likely that you will, too.
  • People of all races and ages can get acne.
  • Oil build-up in the skin can contribute to pimples.
  • Acne is more common in males than in females during adolescence.
  • Some birth control pills can help acne by slowing down over-producing oil glands in the skin.
  • Acne has nothing to do with lack of cleanliness.
  • Acne is not contagious.

Some MYTHS about acne:

  • The sun is good for acne.  A tan can temporarily cover up blemishes, but the sun may actually make acne worse.
  • Eating chocolate and sugar causes acne.
  • Acne is a result of poor hygiene.  Although, proper cleansing is essential for treating an acne condition.
  • Acne is not caused by dirt.
  • Stress causes acne. However, research suggests that for people who have acne, stress can make it worse.
  • Any acne medication works instantly.
  • Washing many times a day will minimize acne.
  • Washing with rough soaps and aggressive scrubbing will clear up acne on the face.
  • Picking your acne will make it disappear.
  • Once acne has cleared up, it will never come back.
  • Teenagers are the only ones that get acne.

 

There are many factors which contribute to acne. For example, there are hereditary components which affect the severity of an individual’s acne. Simply put, if you have a parent who has suffered from a severe case of acne, the chances that you will also have severe acne are increased. But there are also dietary and sociological factors that contribute to the development of acne, which if changed or eliminated, may prevent an outbreak of severe acne. Because of the many contributing factors, acne myths have proliferated over the years.

Acne Myth Number 1 – Scrubbing and washing the face often will prevent acne.

While dirt may contribute to the formation of blackheads leading to pimples, many people believe that washing your face three or more times a day, or hard scrubbing of the face and skin can prevent acne. Face washing should be done gently, using a mild facial scrub or exfoliant only twice a day. Frequent washing can actually irritate acne breakouts and it strips the skin of its natural oils. This not only makes the skin dry, but can lead to the sebaceous glands increasing oil production to protect the skin surface. Also, scrubbing can cause inflammations. Gentle cleansing, using the lightest possible touch, is best for all-round skin protection.

Acne Myth Number 2 – Fried food, overeating, and chocolate, causes acne to develop.

Diets heavy in fat do have an effect on the body’s sebaceous glands, but science has shown that moderate consumption of fried foods will not cause acne to get worse. In fact, some oils are necessary for the healthy maintenance of the human body and the “acid mantle” that keeps skin moist and supple. In addition, a seeming connection between certain foods such as chocolate and acne may be due to food allergy rather than to the food itself. The notion that any particular food always causes acne is quite false.

Acne Myth Number 3 – Daily stress will cause breakouts of acne.

Routine, daily stress is not considered to be a cause of acne. Severe stress has been shown to have detrimental effects upon many of the body’s systems but its connection to acne breakouts has not been clearly established. More research is needed in this area before anything conclusive can be formulated. One caveat, though, stress medications may have a side-effect of contributing to acne, but if so, this should be discussed with a physician as an alternative medication may not have this effect. In general though, stress is a normal part of life and is not regarded as a major contributor to acne.