There are a lot of myths about the formation of the acne and its impact on the person. Lets see what they are:
1. Severe stress causes acne. Stress doesn’t directly cause acne, but it can influence the recurrence of the acne. As the stress level increases, it increases the body’s secreation of a substance called cortisol. This coristol causes the sebaceous glands that are present in the skin to produce more of sebum oil which will ultimately block the pores and produce the acne.
2. It is best to leave acne to get healed by itself. Acne comes at all stages and all ages of a person be it male or female. It should not be never be left untreated.
3. It is a myth that acne is contagious. But it is definitely not true. Acne is not contagious at all.
4. Sweating will help to clean the area that has the hair follicles. When you work hard, it would temporarily increase the production of body oil which would only worsen the acne. So sweating does not help acne in any way.
5. Being in the sun for a long time can help solve acne. Being in the sun may sound comfortable to some person. It would redden the skin and reduce the overall effect. But the sun rays will only cause damage to the skin. It would only increase the irritation and cause more problems. The skin cells would dry up and dead cells will clog up the pores. This will only increase the production of acnes.
6. People who do not wash themselves regularly suffer with acne. This is not true. Acne is developed as a result of excess of oil production or dead cells which clog the pores. It doesn’t clear just by keeping yourself clean.
7. Problems of acne may be proportionate with sexual activity. Teenagers go through hormonal changes. But it does not have anything to do with acne. Both are different issues by themselves.
8. Acne happens only on the surface area of the skin so why make a big issue of it. This might be true. Acne only happens on the surface level of the skin. But it actually runs deep inside the pore and has negative effect on the person. It makes the person depressed with the scars that are left behind. This causes low esteem of the person in society which is harmful in the long run.
9. There is no cure for acnes. Although there might be no cure for acnes, there are treatments available that help to reduce the acne and help prevent from recurring. Prevention is better than cure. So it is best to curb the growth of the acnes at the earliest.
10. You should not use moisturizers or other make up creams on your face if you have acne. These days a lot of non comedogenic cosmetics are available which are specially formulated to reduce clogging of the pores. So you can use suitable creams and lotions that suit your skin.