Test Your Acne I.Q.
Prevention is the key to treating pimples. See how much you know about breakouts and their treatment.
1. Pimples appear when you don’t wash your face often or well enough. T or F
2. Both teenagers and adults can suffer from acne. T or F
3. Pimples develop in conjunction with your hair follicles, and are caused by abnormal skin shedding, increased T or F
oil production, the proliferation of bacteria and inflammation.
4. Genetics are not important in pimple- prone skin. All that matters is how you care for your skin. T or F
Today, we know more about the cause of acne than ever before. And, the more you know, the more you can take control of your acne instead of letting acne control your life.
We all know how embarrassing pimples can be, making us self-conscious in social situations. We avoid meeting new people and may miss great opportunities. And, we may even feel guilty, wondering “What am I doing wrong that is causing my skin to break out?”
The good news is that acne is not your fault! And you can control and prevent future breakouts. The biggest myth about problematic, pimple-prone skin is that the basic cause is bacteria and dirt. That is simply not true. The source of pimples is actually connected to your hormones and your skin’s inability to shed old, dead skin cells. This creates an environment that allows dirt and bacteria to become trapped – an environment that is determined by your genes, not by the number of times you wash your face or the types of foods you eat. In fact, medical studies show that diet – including chocolate, pizza and French fries – really affects your skin. Over-washing your face or stripping it with alcohol in an effort to “clean” your skin can actually make pimples worse. But, understanding how diet, exercise, stress and other life style factors can impact your skin and can help you minimize pimples, Let’s learn how.