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Acne Myths

15th October 2013

Acne is a condition of the skin often characterised by red pimples on the face. Some people are unlucky enough to suffer with acne for a number of years. This can not only affected their confidence and self-esteem but act as a obstacle in all aspects of their life ranging from work to relationships.

The question frequently asked is what triggers acne? There are several myths surrounding this topic such as the following.

"Acne is caused by a poor diet”

FALSE. (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Acne/Pages/Introduction.aspx) There is no strong evidence proving that diet has a direct link with causing acne. Having a healthy lifestyle is mainly recommended because it is good for our health in general not because it will cure acne.

"Acne is only common to teens"

FALSE. People from all age groups suffer from acne. This is particularly a common condition found in individuals aged between 16-30.

"Sunbathing, sun beds and sunlamps help improve the symptoms of acne"

FALSE. There is no evidence proving that sunbathing and the use of sun beds will reduce acne. In fact it has been suggested that some of the medication used to cure acne can make your skin sensitive to light, restricting exposure to sunlight for long periods of time.

"Acne is infectious"

FALSE. Acne is not contagious and cannot spread from others.

"Make-up causes more facial acne and breakouts"

TRUE. Some of the ingredients used in makeup can have a impact on acne breakouts.

How to treat acne?

Why not consider popular treatments like Isolaz® or advanced skin peels which are currently being offered at sk:n. Most cases of acne respond well to sk:n's six week treatment programme.

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