I’m sure I’m not alone in that my acne gave me problems for years. I fought with it for over a decade and I was only able to get rid of it for good by visiting a doctor. For the several years that I had acne, however, everyone I knew tried to advise me on what was causing it.
Some said that fried and greasy foods were what caused the breakouts, but that’s really not true. It’s a convenient way for parents to discourage their children from eating these foods, but greasy foods aren’t responsible for acne. The only way the two could be linked is if you were to actually get some of the grease on your skin, which blocks up the pores and could cause acne.
Some suggested that I wasn’t taking good care of my skin. While it’s true that it never hurts to practice good hygiene, acne isn’t caused by a lack of face washing. It’s actually caused by the oil and dead cells under the skin of the face.
Tanning or sun exposure were suggested as cures. Although the darkening of the skin helps cover up the acne a little, it’s still not a cure. This advice could have far-reaching health consequences in that too much sun or tanning can lead to skin cancer. It also tends to age the skin prematurely.
Here are the real facts about acne.
Don’t let your hair fall in your face. Hair contains lots of oils that can clog up pores and lead to acne. Keep it away from your face to avoid this problem altogether.
Makeup can sometimes cause acne. This is very possible, especially if you don’t apply your makeup carefully. If you have a feeling that your acne is related to your makeup use, try using makeup products that are designed for people with acne conditions.
Being stressed can lead to breakouts. It doesn’t always happen, but it has been known to occur, and it’s especially prevalent in some people.
Next time your skin breaks out, think about your recent stress levels. If your breakouts seem to be correlated with high stress in your life, you may be able to improve your acne condition by taking it easy and reducing your stress levels.