Acne is a Pain in the Face
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Mike Parker

Got zits? Welcome to the club. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million Americans have an acne breakout at any given time. In fact, acne is the most common skin problem in the country. It is also one of the most commonly misunderstood conditions in the country, and there are plenty of myths about what causes it, and how to treat it.

Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.

Fact: #1: Acne is not the result of surface dirt, so no amount of washing or scrubbing is going to prevent or reduce an acne breakout. The truth is, frequent washing, particularly with a washcloth or brush, will only make things worse. Your best bet for good hygiene is to wash your face twice per day using only mild soap and your bare hands.

Myth #2: A suntan will help dry up acne pimples.

Fact: #2: Sunshine definitely has some health benefits (such as the production of vitamin D), as well as some significant health hazards (like contributing to skin cancer). Some studies show exposure to the sun for 10 to 20 minutes per day might help with acne symptoms. But use caution. Over exposure can result in a sunburn, which can cause skin irritation, which can result in another acne breakout.

Myth #3: Masturbation causes pimples.

Fact #3: Um, no.

Myth #4: Chocolate, fried foods and dairy products contribute to acne breakouts.

Fact: #4: There is currently no definitive correlation between any particular food and acne, although some individuals may have allergies to certain foods that cause them to breakout in an acne-like reaction. If you eat something and you experience a breakout, you should probably avoid that food.

The Truth: Almost all cases of acne can be successfully treated, but not all cases respond to the same treatment, and sometimes it can be a long, trial & error process. If your acne does not respond well to common over the counter treatments, such those containing as benzoyl peroxide, it might be time to visit your dermatologist.

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