The common nature of acne vulgaris amongst teenagers and adults alike continues to confuse many people. This is mainly on the causes of the same. While many have come to appreciate the fact that acne commonly affects teenagers due to increased levels of testosterone, most people do not understand why acne affects adults. The lack of understanding has led to many myths as to why acne affects adults (and some teens as well). Such myths have had negative effects in the lives of many with many resorting to varied products they believe cure acne. Although many end up finding solutions to their acne problem, they end up suffering other attacks simply because of such myths.
Myth 1. Consumption of Chocolate and Dairy Products Causes Acne
One of the most common myths about the occurrence is the consumption of chocolate. There is certainly no evidence of any relationship between chocolate and the occurrence of acne. In any case, chocolate only contains sugar, cocoa and milk as the main active ingredients. These do not have any effect on the occurrence of acne. The myth about chocolate is closely related to another that indicates that consuming dairy products such as milk causes acne. Nothing can be further from the truth; milk contains progesterone and steroids (hormones) all of which have scientifically established to cause acne.
Myth 2. Consumption of Particular Foods
A common myth on the occurrence of acne lies in the consumption of particular foods. There are those who strongly believe that consuming such vegetables as carrots, tomatoes, apricots, kale and spinach amongst others contribute to outbreaks of acne. This is certainly not true. These vegetables are known to contain adequate amounts of vitamin A in addition to varied minerals and other vitamin. Vitamin A is known to be a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes the proper functioning of skin mucous membranes. Such vegetables cannot therefore contribute to the occurrence of acne.
Myth 3. Eating Eggs and Fish ( High Protein) Causes Acne
It is very disturbing to note that some people have developed a belief that eating eggs and fish lead to the occurrence of acne. The fact is that these particular foods contain vitamin B-3, which is very effective in improving blood circulation and therefore promoting healthy skin. The fact of the matter is that the particular foods that most people have come to avoid for feat of developing acne are actually the kind of foods that promote good health of the skin and therefore prevent the occurrence of acne.
Myth 4. Poor Lifestyle Cause Acne
Many people have developed a strong belief in lifestyle as a major contributory factor in the occurrence of acne. While it is true that a poor lifestyle contributes to the occurrence of a myriad of health problems, acne is not one of those. A poor lifestyle like excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking are known to cause internal health problems and skin discoloration respectively. In that respect, such do not cause or encourage the development of acne.
Myth 5. Washing Face Frequently Will Clear Acne
Poor hygiene has also been associated with the occurrence of acne. Like with lifestyle, poor hygiene leads to the occurrence of other health problems excluding acne. This myth has made most women resort to washing their faces in particular several times a day in an effort to prevent the occurrence of acne. While such washing is indeed appropriate, it cannot prevent the occurrence of acne especially causative factors below the skin are not addressed.