When you eat a lot of chocolates or junk foods, you will get acne. Skin care products with the word ‘natural’ on the label are good for you. Pimples are caused by poor hygiene.
How many of these skin-care maxims do you believe? In a world that puts too much emphasis on physical beauty, it can be frustrating for someone who has less-than-perfect skin, which is why it can be tempting to believe in all these “principles” as far as skin care is concerned.
But the truth is, there are a lot of skin care myths out there. To help you weed out what’s true and what’s not when it comes to skin care, we put together this list of seven skin-care myths your mom probably never told you about:
1. “Acne is caused by poor hygiene, and eating certain foods aggravates the condition.”
First, acne is not caused by dirt. No matter how many times you wash your face and your body, acne may still appear. The cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, or oil, which clogs the pores. The rate at which the skin on your face produces sebum is not at all affected by dirt—hormones, stress, pollution, and bacteria are some of the culprits behind the appearance of pimples.
Second, eating junk foods like chocolates, soda, fried foods, and any other oily or greasy foods will not aggravate acne. Although we don’t recommend that you load up on junk foods, they’re not really the cause of acne.
So what’s the solution if you often have breakouts? Over-the-counter treatments like benzoyl peroxide and products with salicylic acid may help. If you have moderate to severe acne, consult a dermatologist so that he or she can recommend an acne treatment plan for you.