Acne has been known to be one of the greatest skin problems in the world. It can be caused by over production of oil in the oil gland, puberty process, and oily skin, not cleansing the skin regularly, certain foods and not using the right products for your skin. Some people believe it is caused by certain things or way of life which is not true. It is also important to consult a dermatologist before doing self-medication, as the curse might be different from the next person. There are some false beliefs and there are:
It is caused by poor hygiene
This is false as acne and hygiene is not relatable. That a person looks unkempt does not in any way give acne, so people should not get it twisted and try to know the source of the problem before blaming it on looks. Acne starts from inside the pores and not a surface thing, one needs to treat acne from the inside by taking certain medication and using the right product.
It is caused by candy and fried food
This might not be entirely a lie because for some people certain foods trigger their acne that is not to say that eating fried food can cause acne. Moderation is key to whatever kind of food you put in your body. Foods containing high sugar content or dairy can worsen acne, one needs to see a professional before taking major steps on their diet.
Products that are harsh and sting cure acne
Most people have believed this for a long time, which is definitely not true. Some people go about using products that are unnecessary strong and wrong for their skin, in the name that it would. Check product content, do a skin test and see a dermatologist and skin care specialist before purchasing and using any product. Some people like to over scrub or use harsh abrasive face scrubs thinking it would cure their acne, but in turn makes the acne worse. Know your skin type and the best product possible to use.
Moisturizers are not good for acne prone skin
Ladies and gentlemen this is a big lie and do not listen to anyone who tells you this. The more you moisturize by using the non-oily moisturizer and applied in tiny bits, the better for your skin. Moisturizers actually play an important role in healing your acne and making it less visible. The less you apply a moisturizer makes the skin dry, unhealthy and gives room for more germs. Do not forget your sunscreen, to protect your skin from the sun. if possible get a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, if you are too lazy to follow the steps.
It can be cured
Sorry to disappoint you but it has no cure, it can be controlled to the barest minimum by eating right, exercising, drinking lots of water, using the right product, sleeping well, by not over stressing yourself, having a positive mind-set and doing a facial at most once a month. Most people will grow out of it at some point in their lives, but no one knows when that will be. For now, work with a good dermatologist and skin care expert and voila you are good to go.
This article was written by Ngozi Florence Ojeogwu; connect with her on IG here