Acne is a complicated problem, and one that is still not fully understood. There are several myths associated with acne on foods to avoid , skin routine to follow and much more. However not all is true. Take a short quiz to understand how well you know acne!
Myth - Oily food can lead to acne
The truth - All oily food is not bad. It depends on the oil and what is called a glycemic index. Food that have high glycemic index can worsen acne. This is due to the fact that high-glycemic food cause blood glucose to rise rapidly, triggering a boost in insulin. Excess levels of insulin in the bloodstream trigger a hormonal cascade that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells, as well as overactive oil gland activity.
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition has found that people who consumed a low-glycemic diet, which included more whole grains, beans, and vegetables, and limited white pasta, rice, bread, and sugar, had fewer breakouts.
So next time you reach for burger or fries, remember that you might be triggering a breakout.
Myth - Dandruff causes acne
The truth - It is true that people who have dandruff are more likely to have acne on their face especially in the forehead area.
Dandruff causes flaky skin on the scalp and these dry skin flakes can clog the pores on the face and body leading to pimples. So if you are a person with pimple prone skin, dandruff can worsen the problem and you need to take care to get rid of acne.
Myth - I need not have water
The truth - Upping your water intake is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Your body needs to neutralize and get rid of waste materials produced during metabolism. When the immune system weakens, the body finds itself unable to fight toxic substances alone. This raises the levels of toxins and ultimately, the inner detoxification system gets weak, and you have more breakouts.
Myth buster - Makeup can cause acne
The truth - If you are a person who loves to put on makeup, you might be actually doing your skin a big disservice. Using the wrong makeup or cream could actually accentuate the pimples you're trying so hard to hide.
If you have acne-prone skin, you should be very careful and use only non-comedogenic products that won't clog pores and lead to more breakouts.
Myth buster - I should wash my face often
The truth - Cleansers remove dirt, sebum, and sweat. Soaps however are not recommended for acne skin as they dry up the skin which is already dry and irritated with topical medications such as retinoids etc. Frequent washing to reduce oiliness is counterproductive as it leads to more oiliness through irritation of the sebaceous gland.