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Acne is one of the most common types of medical conditionsand it usually affects the facial skin of all age groups everywhere around theworld. Acne is sometimes referred to as zits or pimples and is a medicalcondition often surrounded by numerous myths. They are passed on by a largenumber of people who think that they are giving good information and whoseintentions are well, but in actuality the given information could not befurther from the truth.

The Myths

The first and the most widely spread myth concerning theacne is that if one pops the pimple it will disappear and heal faster. Poppinga pimple may only aggravate the existing conditions because various differenttypes of harmful germs and bacteria can get under the skin much more easily.This occurrence may lead to different types of infections, swelling, redness,painful sensations and inflammatory conditions. Popping the pimples may alsocause permanent scarring as well. The second myth associated with acne is thatconsumption of fried foods and chocolate causes the development of acne.Consuming dairy products, lean meats, whole grains, vegetables and fruits helpswith the overall health of a person, so it also has a positive effect on acneas well. Numerous studies have shown that fried foods and chocolate do not haveanything to do with the development of acne. The myth is widespread because teenagerstend to eat plenty of these foods. Another factor is that oily fried foods arementally associated with oily skin, but in reality there is no medical connectionof those two. The third myth concerning the acne is that it can be caused bystress. Stress certainly is a part of most people’s lives, on a more or lessregular basis, especially in the lives of teenagers. Stress is actually a partof growing up. But there is no scientific evidence that it can be associatedwith the development of acne. Another infamous misconception about acne is thatit will disappear with proper suntan. Sun damages the skin, increases the riskof cancer and wrinkles and makes the skin become irritated, burned and dry. Themyth is probably associated with the fact that tanned skin becomes darker sothe redness commonly associated with acne becomes less apparent. One should never spend prolonged periods oftime out in the sun without wearing a sunscreen with a protection factor of atleast 15. Tanning beds should be avoided as well. The fifth myth is thatwashing the face prevents the development of acne. Personal hygiene isimportant but over washing may irritate the skin and worsen the existingcondition. The sixth myth is that no makeup should be worn. Moderate makeup israther fine.

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