Dr. Afshin Farzadmehr Presents Acne Myth-Busters, pt 1

April 8th, 2010

Today I’d like to clear up a few of the biggest misconceptions on the causes of acne. Not surprisingly, the number of acne myths are staggering and, for my sake and your attention span, we will be breaking this list down into little parts. If you have any acne myths to add to future lists, please feel free to email me at afarzadmehr@gmail.com. I’ll do my best to answer and post inquiries. In the meantime, enjoy part 1!

1. Diet – Many people believe that diet is a big factor in causing acne. I’m sure you’ve all heard it at one point or another. “Chocolate gives you pimples!”  Fortunately for those addicted to sweets, your diet does not cause acne. You can eat whatever you’d like, diet simply does not play a role in your complexion

2. Excessive Face Washing – This acne myth is quite popular! I mean, keeping your face clear by ridding your face of impurities and oils shouldwork even better if you do it often, right? WRONG! You should only wash your face with a gentle face cleanser no more than once or twice a day. Excessive face washing can leave your skin irritated and dry, which would more likely cause acne rather than prevent it.

3. Pimple Popping Maniacs – Acne myth #3, popping pimples will get rid of your pimples faster. Sorry, folks, pimple popping is not a good habit to practice if you want healthy skin. Leave those pimples alone! Popping zits will only get your skin in trouble by pushing bacteria, dead skin cells, and oils deeper into your pores. Also, popping those bad boys could leave scars that may be irreversable.

4. Stress – Sure, it’s easy to blame everything on stress, including your acne woes but this acne myth is JUST NOT TRUE. Here are the facts, people. Stress may have an effect on hormones which in turn could affect your skin. However, pimples do not fester because of the stress you encounter in your daily life. Some psychiatric medications may have acne as a side effect, but stress by itself won’t cause those pesky pimples to appear.