One of the most common conditions that youth suffer from is surrounded by beliefs that can affect how it develops. Know the truth.
According to figures from the Colombian Dermatology Association (Asocolderma, Asociación Colombiana de Dermatología) during adolescence and early youth, more than 80% of people under the age of 21 are exposed to this chronic inflammatory disease. For those who suffer from acne, it can cause both aesthetic and medical problems and numerous rumors have been spread on its causes and on how to cure it. When these are poorly executed, the situation can escalate. Dermatologist Mónica Escobar tells us the truth about some of the most common myths.
- Greasy foods cuase acne
“According to studies, it has not been able to be proved that foods with a high fat content are related to acne outbreaks. The only thing they have proved, and these results are inconclusive, is that dairy products and sweets could make the condition worse, but not cause it. In any case, it is recommended to maintain a healthy diet because of its overall health effects, but patients do not have to keep a special diet to improve the situation.”
- Acne is caused by uncleanliness
“Patients rigorously wash their faces, thinking this is how they are going to improve the situation. Not having clean skin does not cause acne, it is a condition of the skin’s hair follicles. When the follicle become plugged, the sebum produced by the skin becomes trapped inside and the skin becomes inflamed. There are medicines that help to unclog these follicles. Soap simply cleans the face so that lotions that need to be applied can penetrate where they need to.”
- Home remedy treatments
“Toothpaste, your saliva from when you first wake up or other home remedies do not help improve the problem. Effective medications are designed to improve the condition of the shedding cells that plug the follicle. Sometimes antibiotics are used in topical creams that help remove the blemishes. These should be prescribed by a medical specialist.”
- Acne is a normal change of adolescence and should not be treated
“While it is true that the condition appears during adolescence, it is not a normal change. Acne is a reflection of a change in hormones that sometimes requires medication and other times a simple conservative treatment of the skin is needed while waiting for these hormonal irregularities that arise at the beginning of adolescence to stabilize. It is best to visit your doctor during its initial phases in order for the problem to not progress too much.”
- Acne can be treated with facials
“They are part of treatment, but they are not the only part. It is recommended that patient’s faces not be bothered because this can increase inflammation and the appearance and size of acne, and cause them to last longer. Dermatologists know which acne lesions can be extracted and they have techniques to reduce the damage to the skin. It is not recommended for patients to get facials at beauty salons and is even less recommended for the patient to do their own facials because the condition is generally worsened, causing scars that are difficult to remove.”