Debunking Myths of Adult Acne

ID-10065213As teenagers, we had the simple fact of hormonal temperament to blame for the zits, black heads and other fun surprises we’d have to deal with as part of the adolescent mantra. It’s only when adulthood hit that acne became a lot more complicated. What do we blame? Genetics, makeup, food or products?  This leads us to start rummaging and sifting through the internet to find all the craziest “facts” about acne and how we can prevent it and ban the condition all together.  Well, we’ve sifted through those fables, facts and myths and have compiled a list of what’s real and what’s not.  

  1. Does acne affect women more than men? Yes.  In adulthood, almost a fourth of women will experience adult acne at some point and time, whereas only 3 out of a hundred men will experience adult acne.  Women have bodies that are very sensitive to the menstrual cycle.  You know that your hormones are to blame for your acne when you start to experience your breakouts around your period.
  2. Is acne caused by not regularly cleaning your skin? This is not necessarily true.  Adult acne is the result of a multitude of different factors coming together.  The size and activity of your oil glands is the most important.  Under certain situations such as stress, hormones and other things to disrupt the cycle will disturb the cycle and cause a different reaction.  It’s important to monitor your lifestyle to understand what may or may not be the cause of your acne.  
  3. Is acne genetic? Yes.  Studies have shown 80 percent of acne comes from inheriting specific genes. For example, genetics decide how your body’s immune system reacts to bacteria, which can lead to persistent acne.  If you have inherited the gene to over -eproduce dead skin, or to possess different pore sizes that don’t keep up with your oil production, this can also lead to breakouts.  Easiest way to spot this as a cause? Look past two generations.  
  4. Do greasy foods initiate acne?  Not necessarily.  A lot of people that possess oily skin tend to have more breakouts.  This is why the myth of consuming greasy food came along.  However, greasy food does not help because it could make you vulnerable to getting grease on your skin in which case would not help your acne.  Causation is not correlation.  Believe it or not, studies have shown that high glycemic index diet low in fiber and fruits and vegetables is detrimental for acne and consuming milk has been shown to increase the incidences of acne.  

Does acne go away if I just leave it alone? No, but don’t be discouraged. Learn, invest and take action! There are plenty of treatments formulated for all sorts of lifestyles and skin types that can fit you in your journey to getting rid of your acne.