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There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about acne. While some of these beliefs are unscientific and baseless, the others can be qualified with reliable facts.

Improper Hygiene is a Leading Cause of Acne?
It is both true and false. If proper cleansing is not carried out, it can aggravate the acne condition. However, if the hygiene routine is carried to the extreme with harsh or excess washing and scrubbing, it can ironically worsen the condition.

Long Hair can Aggravate Acne?
The length of the hair cannot be a potential problem at all, as long as the hair is cleansed properly. It is not the length but the improper cleansing of the hair can aggravates the acne condition.

Is Acne more Common among Girls than Boys?
Wrong. It is the other way round. Acne is more common in boys because of the dominance of male hormone androgen.

Acne is Contagious?
False. The trouble-making bacteria are buried deep within the skin and the condition is never contagious.

Masturbation Makes Acne Worse?
This is wrong and is absolutely groundless.

Eating certain kinds of Food can Cause or Aggravate Acne?
Partly true. Research shows that traditionally forbidden fried food, chocolates, colas and dairy products do not adversely affect the acne condition. Fats which have been eaten, assimilated and circulating in the blood stream have no semblance to the fats within the oil glands. So technically speaking, even the greasiest food is no problem. However food rich in iodide, such as cabbage, spinach, wheat germs trigger acne-like eruptions.

Eating Certain Food can Help Cure Acne?
There is no definite evidence to prove this.

Warning Watch for Acne-Causing Chemicals - On your Cosmetic and Make-up Product Labels

  • Isopropyl Isosterate
  • Butyl Stereate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Isocetyl Palmitate
  • Decyl Oleate
  • Isosteryl Neopentanoate
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Octyl Stearate
  • Iodoptopyl Lanolate
  • Acetol Acetulan
  • Amberate P
  • Crude coal tar
  • Lanosterin
  • Laugogene
  • Sterol an
  • PG 2 Myristyl Propionate
  • Acetrylated Lanolin
  • Ethylated Lanolin
  • D & C red dyes (common in blushers)
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