Myth #3: Acne is Caused By Stress
Stress is not a direct cause of acne but it is true that some types
of stress can cause the body to produce a hormone called cortisol, which can irritate existing acne. Indirectly, some medication
that we take to alleviate or control extreme stress or emotional problems like depression can be factors in the production
of acne. In fact, some medicines have acne listed as a possible side effect.
Myth #4: Acne Will Go Away On Its Own
This is generally not true and acne needs treatment in order
to be cleared up. With the selection of acne treatment products available today there is no reason not to investigate and
find what has the best results for those concerned. In some cases, a dermatologist should be consulted and other forms of
treatment can be pursued.
Myth #5: Tanning Clears Up Skin
In fact, this has the reverse effect. At first it may seem that the
latest bake in the tanning bed or sunbathing has improved your complexion, but in fact the tan may only have masked or covered
the acne. In reality, the sun can make the skin dry and irritated and this can lead to more breakouts. On another note, if
you do tan, make sure that you are using a sunscreen that doesn't contain oils and other chemicals that might clog up your
pores and cause acne to get worse. (Look for noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic on the label.
Myth #6: Popping Zits Will Make Them Go
Again, though this seems true, it is another myth. Rather than speeding
up the process of healing, this action actually prolongs the situation as popping the whitehead caused the bacteria inside
to be pushed deeper into the skin, which allows more infection to grow, and ultimately leads to scarring.
Myth #7: Only Teenagers Get Acne
The truth is that about 25% to 30% of all people between the ages
25- 44 have active acne. So the idea that acne is only a problem for teens is yet another myth.
After covering these myths, it is important to note, that these are
not all of the myths that are out there, circulating in the popular health magazines and on the Internet. No, not by a long
shot. There are dozens more where these came from. The reason for their inclusion in this book is to help you, the reader,
understand that the topic of acne has grown more complicated as new sources of information, both good and bad, have become
available and that one must be very careful about researching the topic and deciding what sources to trust....