ome remedies were born of too few doctors for too many rural patients. Home remedies have worked over the years, however, because they were born of the earth. They came from trusted people like grandmothers and the neighborhood healer. They were time-tested and, in some cases, free. Myths are simply under-education: for a more in depth look at acne, contact New York medical and cosmetic dermatologists, Vanguard Dermatology. Here are five myths about acne home remedies and the science behind them.
Myth 1: Acne is caused by dirt and oil.
Science: No one knows what causes acne. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that what goes in has to come out. For example, people are plagued with air pollution, pollen, dirt, dust and a score of pollutants every day. They enter the body by being inhaled, blown by wind onto the skin, and eaten and drunk. They exit out through sweat, clearing the lungs of mucus by coughing or blowing the nose, waste excretion, headaches and through the pores. In a manner of speaking, yes, acne is caused by dirt. It manifests as blackheads, whiteheads and raised red spots.
Myth 2: S/He’ll Grow Out of It
Science: Medical professionals are aware that acne is not just for young people, nor will they grow out of it. Acne can cause scarring and disfigurement. Doctors will prescribe a healthy diet, exercise and good sleep patterns, in an effort to introduce healthy lifestyle practices. This will purge the body of the contaminants that need to come out. Medications will be prescribed to help clear the pores and prevent additional breakouts.
Science: Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help the immune system fight intruders. What strengthens the body will not cause acne. Folks say oily foods like pizza, French fries and fried chicken will cause acne. They don’t. The oils aren’t good for people, but it can cause diabetes or high cholesterol rather than acne.
Myth 4: Acne is Caused by Stress
Science: While it’s true that stress can mess a body over, it’s also true that stress does not cause acne. Some of the medications used to treat stress have long lists of side effects, among which is acne. Stress can make existing conditions worse, and that includes acne. Primary care physicians should be consulted regarding changing medications for those that don’t have acne as a side effect.
Myth 5: Use Toothpaste to Treat Acne
Science: Toothpaste contains fluoride, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, and sodium carbonate peroxide, all whiteners. It contains other ingredients to make it foam and taste good, but none of these alleviate acne. Acne spots don’t need to be bleached. Toothpaste ingredients can irritate the skin and make acne worse.
Since no one knows what causes acne, taking certain precautions can only help. Eat foods high in antioxidants, because they strengthen the immune system. This will fight off alien things inside the body before they can erupt into a problem like acne. Foods that detox the body, including the skin, such as cucumbers, Vitamin A-rich veggies like potatoes and bad-bacteria-busters like yogurt help the body heal from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water not only keeps the body hydrated, which in itself helps to fight acne. It also flushes impurities out of the system. Acne is such an impurity.
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