There is a lot of information distributed about acne and its causes and this information is a mix of both fiction and fact. Thus, let us take a look at a few of the things which are being circulated and see if we can sort out the fact from the myth.
First of all there is no direct link between eating things like greasy cheeseburgers and chocolate or drinking excessive soft drinks and developing pimples. What is true is that food plays a role in all the body’s systems and thus it does have a minor part in whether getting acne is more or less likely.
For example, greasy foods do not directly translate into increased oil production in the sebaceous glands which adds to acne, although foods that do contribute to an increase in oil production would of course have an effect. However, iodized salt is the only food substance which has been shown to have any substantial effect and it merely worsens existing acne and does not cause it.
The odds of getting a pimple increase when a pore becomes blocked and bacteria get trapped inside. This means that hygiene habits which work to close the skin’s pores can play a role. However this effect is only very small and the dead skin cells and bacteria that get trapped and cannot make their way out of the pore are influenced only to a minor degree by insufficient regular face washing.
Nonetheless, once acne arrives good skin hygiene is especially important and mild cleansing two times each day with soap and water can help to treat acne and encourage healthy skin in general. Good hygiene is an excellent for several reasons although it is most helpful in treating acne because it provides a good surface allowing medications to work most effectively.
Acne spots are strongly influenced by excess production of skin oil (sebum) that is triggered principally by hormones and abrasive cleansers which are applied roughly do not merely clear away any excess oil but also affects the skin’s ability to cope with it.
Because stress tends to weaken the body’s immune system and also influence its hormone levels it might be thought that stress would play a part in the onset of acne. However, there is no clear evidence to suggest that stress causes acne, although there is some evidence to suggest that it may play a minor role once acne has arrived.
One of the difficulties in assessing the role played by stress is that people who are suffering from chronic stress also also suffer from additional health problems that complicate things. Remember too that here we are talking about clinical stress and not simply the worries that we all experience as part of the trials and tribulations of day to day living.
Many people are tempted to increase the dosage of an over-the-counter medication in the belief that if a little medicine does a little good a lot of medication will do a lot of good. Unfortunately, this is not so and it both wastes medication and can actually damage the skin. You should always stick to the instructions on any medication and if an over-the-counter medicine does not show signs of working within a reasonable period of time then it is a good idea to talk to your dermatologist.
It is also worth noting that there is no such thing as the best acne medicine. Each of us is different and a medication that proves to be the best acne medication for one person will not necessarily work for someone else.