Myths About Pimples


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I've always had trouble with pimples. It all started around 7th grade and it hasn't stopped since. There were many ups and downs, but they never seem to go away permanently. I've developed many theories of my own. For instance, I thought there was a correlation of stress and pimples; the more stressed out I am about upcoming tests or whatever, the more pimples I would get. I've heard others tell me things like, if you eat fried foods, you would be prone to pimples. 

Kind of like gargling salt water, I find my skin in a better condition after a trip to the beach. I suppose that the salty beach water is good for my skin? It kind of burns though. 

Well, I found an article busting several myths. 

"Here are the top seven Acne Myths :

1. Popping pimples gets rid of them - no, sorry, that just does not work. When you pop a zit the germs and bacteria that cause it go under your skin. This can cause pain, redness, swelling and even infection. If you keep doing it, another possible problem that can develop is scarring which can be permanent.

2. Chocolate and fried foods cause pimples - although this sounds logical, it is also not true, which is a good thing if you love eating chocolate and the occassional hamburger or fried chicken. No studies have proven this and it may be only a psychological belief that this is true. Of course, it sure will not help if you have greasy hands and wipe them on your face while eating - that will not help.

3. Stress causes blemishes - not true either. Stress is a part of life, more now than likely anytime in history, and certainly a growing up and for that matter, all your life. Do you worry about tests at school, or your performance in sports events, or problems at home ? Will these things cause your body to explode with skin flare-ups ? No, fortunately, this is a falsehood - a good thing too, or we would all be visiting a dermatologist on a regular basis.

4. Exposure to the Sun will eliminate acne - I have to tell you that I too believed this one. The sun will damage your skin and cause it to become dry, burned and irritated and can even put you at risk for skin cancer later in life. This myth came about mostly because as your skin gets a tan, it becomes darker and pimples and zits are less noticeable.

If you need to be out in the sun, use sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30 and do not forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.

5. Washing your face as much as possible will clear your skin - not a bad idea to wash your face and the rest of your body on a regular basis too (your family, friends and co-workers will be happy you did - just kidding of course) too, but, this will not by itself do the trick.

Washing your face will remove excess oil, dirt and even dead skin cells, but over-doing it or rough scrubbing will irritate the skin and dry it out, which makes things worse. Wash your face once or twice a day using a mild cleanser and dry your skin with a soft towel.

6. Do not wear makeup - using noncomedogenic (will not clog pores and does not contain perfumes) makeup products in moderation should not be a problem. These products will not clog pores and some even contain contain acne fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

7. Using more medicine is better - too much acne medicine can irritate and cause your skin to turn red, and may dry it out. Using more over the counter or prescription medication than is recommended will cause more harm than taking none at all. Also, drugs do have side effects like nausea, headaches, and other unpleasant reactions if you overdo it. Best to stick with the directions provided"


After reading through this, I realize that I should probably stop popping pimples. But do you guys have any theories? What do you think is the main cause of pimples? Is it genetic? 

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After reading your blog I was reminded of the Barry Marshall case with stress and ulcers. People think stress causes pimples as well. Why does everyone think that these two things are both caused by stress? What leads people to believe this if in our class we have proven both cases to be wrong.

While I know this is somewhat related, and I was interested to read this, did you know there are actually different reasons for acne? While most people think a pimple on your chin means the same thing as a pimple on your forehead, that's actually not true!

According to What Causes Acne on Certain Areas of Your Face?
, there are different "zones" on your face that relate to different things. If you have acne on your forehead, this is usually a problem that is related to digestion. If you have a problem with acne between your eyebrows, this is usually a relation to consuming too many greasy foods or foods that contain too much sugar. Also, if you have acne problems on your cheeks, this can be due to stress issues as well as stomach problems. Finally, if you have acne that is at the very end of your chin, your nose, or even your chest/back, this is due to the hormones in your body.

I found this quite interesting considering I didn't know this was true, but it's actually very good to know what causes the acne on my face.

I don't know...some of those things I disagree with. Fast food speeds up your oil production, thus producing oils that cause acne...so I think food definitely plays a role. Also, could the sun dry out acne? I find that when I am in a less humid environment, drier and definitely sunnier, I have clearer skin. Just an observation, of course!

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