What Really Causes Acne?
Getting to the Bottom of a Common Acne Myth
Acne is probably the most misunderstood skin conditions. Individuals who are affected by acne often try for months or years to treat it unsuccessfully. That’s probably because they really have know idea what’s causing the acne, and therefore they can’t do a thing about it. To make matters worse, individuals who are fortunate enough to never experience acne are even further misinformed about what acne is and how it should be treated and they give the people suffering from acne completely ineffective advice. What to know what’s causing your acne? You’re not alone.
For Goodness Sake -- It’s NOT About Being Dirty
For many years people have mistakenly believed that acne was the result of poor hygiene. This line of reasoning made sense to a large number of people because dirt clogs pores and pimples result from clogged pores so clogged pores must equate to a dirty face, right?
Another misconception that led to the myth of acne being a hygiene issue is that adolescent males are supposedly less concerned about hygiene than their female counterparts. This misguided idea seemed to explain why males were more severely affected by acne. While it is true that males can be more severely affected by acne, it has little to do with lack of proper hygiene, not to mention the fact that females often skillfully camouflage their acne with both liquid face makeup and face powder. When males get acne, it is much more evident.
If It’s Not Dirt, What Is It?
Acne is actually an inflammatory process that occurs in the body. It is not the result of an infection or bacteria as was once commonly thought. Pores close off beneath the skin where it isn’t even visible to us. Eventually they rupture and pimples result. Most conventional evidence suggests that diet doesn’t impact it, but some acne sufferers claim that certain foods aggravate their acne and they are often right.
It’s important for individuals to realize how acne occurs. When teens and parents realize what acne is, they will be less likely to think of it as an annoying, inevitable part of being a teenager and they will be more likely to seek treatment. Mild cases of acne can often be treated with over-the-counter medications, but those over-the-counter treatments usually are for surface-related acne issues. More severe cases are usually caused by internal imbalances (such as hormones).
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