Saturday, May 1, 2010

Myths and Facts About Acne

Chocolate and oily foods cause acne.
There is no evidence that these foods cause acne. But you should avoid overindulging in chocolate and oily foods because they are typically high in fat and don't provide much nutrition. 
Repeated face washing will get rid of acne.
If you have oily skin and/or acne, you should wash your face no more than two times a day. Over-washing can dry out the skin, prompting the oil glands to work harder.

What you can do about acne:
1. Wash your face in the morning and at night, and after you work out. You may want to try a cosmetic face mask (usually a combination of moisturizers and other products that help remove dead and dry skin) once a week or a daily benzoyle peroxide product. Benzoyle peroxide comes in strengths ranging from two percent to 10 percent. You should start out with a low strength and use a stronger product if needed.

2. Keep your hair off your face and don't squeeze or pick at your pimples. Wash your hands before touching your face.

3. Experiment with makeup products; ask a parent, friend or sales clerk for help choosing the right product and guidance in putting it on. While makeup usually can't make a pimple invisible, it can minimize the blemish and give your skin a smoother overall tone.

4. Breakouts are loosely associated with stress, so take note of what's going on when your skin erupts. You may find your acne is associated with your period, a challenging test at school or other stress. If you see such a pattern, you may be able to lessen the problem through stress reduction techniques, such as yoga, breathing exercises or just doing something fun.

5. Talk to your health care professional or a dermatologist if your acne seems worse than average or if it's especially bothersome to you. A variety of prescription treatments are available to combat acne.

i hope these tips would be very helpful to all teenagers :)

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