There are so many false beliefs about the causes of acne. I wish to set the record straight and expose some of the lies and myths.
How much greasy pizza you eat, or your weakness for chocolate, has nothing to do with you getting acne. As well, soda pop does not give you acne either. Over all, what you eat does play a determining factor in your overall body’s health, but a minor part in whether or not you develop acne.
For example, excessive oily skin from the sebaceous glands that does contribute to acne is not caused by eating greasy hamburgers. Nor does greasy hamburgers increase the oil production of your sebaceous glands. The only known food to substantially effect the production of oil for your skin is salt, and even this does not cause acne, but simply worsens it.
Hygiene is related to diet simply because people who are lousy eaters tend to be lousy with their hygiene habits as well. As with diet, personal hygiene has a minor influence on the development of acne.
What can cause acne is when your hygiene habits close the pores. However, this too is minimal. How regularly you wash your face has little to do whether or not your pores become plogged. What causes the likelihood of acne is when a pore gets plugged and bacteria is trapped inside. Your body reacts by sending white blood cells to fight off the bacteria. Inflammation and pus results.
Hygiene and good skin care is particularly important after acne occurs. Cleansing the skin with a mild soap and warm water, twice a day, is recommended. Scrubbing your skin, and using harsh soaps, can weaken the skins ability to fight acne.
It is a fact that stress weakens the immune system. However, there is no scientific correlation that stress causes acne. Stress can play a very minor role once acne has developed, but as a possible cause is unsubstantiated.
A surefire way to worsen your acne is to increase the dosage of over-the-counter medications. Follow the directions. Increased dosages can actually harm the skin. If after two weeks using over-the-counter medications and your acne is not cleared up, seek the advice of a dermatologist.