Yogurt for Treating Acne and Other Acne Myths

There are many myths surrounding acne prevention and treatment that have become popular recently.  Some common questions are: "Can eating apples help acne" and "How good is yogurt for treating acne."  Many shared views about the causes and treatment of acne don't completely agree with scientific evidence. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to understand them in depth to separate reality from myth. Sometimes you can rely on common experience.

Diet - Watch what you eat for health skin

Although many people believe eating chocolate and fried foods has a direct link on acne, that is simply not the case. Likewise, drinking soda does not increase your chances of developing acne. It is true, however, that diet does play a major role in all vital systems of the body, and therefore has a role in acne prevention.

Fried foods don't directly cause more oil to be produced from the sebaceous glands resulting in increased acne. But foods that do increase the oil production would. Too much salt, however, has been shown to be the only food substance to have an adverse affect. The good news about salt is that tt only worsens existing acne. It doesn't cause it.  Conversely, eating a healthy diet has been shown to have a beneficial effect on your skin.  For example, eating low-fat diary products, such as yogurt, can help your skin health.  Low-fat diary product have high concentrations of dietary Vitamin-A.  Low-fat yogurt also has acidophilus ("live" bacteria).  The acidophilus in yogurt is good for intestinal health, which has been shown to improve your skin.

Hygiene helps with acne

Hygiene and diet are closely related. The reason they are related, though, is because of people's habits. If you have an unhealthy diet you often tend to have poor hygiene habits. Even so, the power of hygiene on acne is slim.

You are more at risk of developing acne when your pores are plugged, resulting in trapped bacteria. When this happens, your body sends white blood cells to fight the bacteria. The area becomes inflamed, and pus is created which leads to one type of acne.

Because of this, any hygiene habits that tend to block your skin pores are a factor. The effect, however, is minimal. The dead skin cells and bacteria that get trapped, and can't make their way out of the pore to the surface, are only somewhat influenced by whether a person washes their face regularly.

Cleaning your face twice a day in a mild manner is a proper habit to develop.  You should avoid harsh, heavy scrubbing multiple times a day. This habit will help  encourage healthy skin in general.

But acne is strongly influenced by excess sebum production (a natural skin oil), caused mainly by hormones. Proper hygiene has benefits for many reasons. The major benefit of proper skin hygiene is in treating acne that has already occurred.  In this case, medications will have a proper surface to do their most effective work.

Strong cleansers applied harshly don't just clear away the excess oil that plays a role in acne formation, they actually weaken the skin's capacity to treat it. Also, modern makeup products will hardly ever increase your chances of developing acne.

Stress and acne

Stress is often considered to be a major factor in the development of acne.  The reason stress is thought to influence acne is because it diminishes the immune system and affects hormones. There has been no direct relationship found between stress and acne. Stress may have a minor influence on existing acne, but as a root cause it ranks very low on the list.

Typically, people with chronic stress also suffer from other health issues. Keep in mind that stress and being challenged by ordinary life events are not the same thing. Stress occurs when someone thinks they're not up to the task of dealing with those challenges well.

Medication - over medicating to treat acne

Many people believe that taking more than the recommended dosage of medications (whether over the counter or prescription) can help treat acne. In the best case, it is a waste of medication.  In the worst case, it may hurt the skin. Your best plan is to adhere to the recommended dose on the medication's instructions. If over the counter medications don't help your acne within several weeks, then you should consult with your dermatologist for a different course of treatment.


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