3 More Acne Myths You Keep Asking Me About...

Every year I like to do some acne myth busting. There is a ton of misinformation out there about what causes breakouts and even more confusion about what works to stop them.

As I often say, acne breakouts are usually due to a combination of things we are doing rather than one specific thing. This can sometimes make detecting what is triggering your breakouts more difficult.

This year I've decided to take a slightly different approach and give you some very straight forward information on what really does contribute to breakouts and what you can do about it. Here are 3 more you might not have considered.

1. Your Cell Phone Can Contribute To Breakouts!

Research has shown the part of the cell phone that touches your skin when you talk carries a ton of bacteria. Especially now that most phones are touch screen and you're transferring even more bacteria from your hands to the screen all of the time.

Try using hands free mode more often and make sure to clean your phone screen daily (with water and a little soap) to remove bacteria oil and dirt that build up on it.  Also, in case you were wondering the acne curing apps being sold don't work either.  You can read more about them here.

2. Does Chocolate Cause Breakouts?

I have a whole blog post dedicated to this subject, but I still get many questions about chocolate and breakouts. This is one of the more pervasive myths on acne there is out there.

Chocolate itself will not cause breakouts but the high amount of refined sugar it often contains can really contribute to acne. Higher blood sugar has been identified as a trigger for acne - especially in cystic acne.

To minimize this effect, try buying higher concentrated cocoa such as darker chocolate. I myself try to stick to the newer sugar free versions. Chocolate is actually a very healthy addition to the diet in moderation. Check out my blog post on chocolate here.

3. Do Hair Products Cause Acne Problems?

Hair products like sprays, gels, and the like are often overlooked as a contributor to acne. This is especially true for breakouts on the forehead and in the scalp. These product contain lacquers, waxes, and phthalates. These block pores and can cause irritation in the skin.

Try keeping your hair off your face and making sure you wash the skin every day.  If you are having scalp acne, which is called acne necrotica miliaris, you may want to consider foregoing hair products for a while and see if these breakouts subside.

Adding a good clarifying shampoo can also help with removing the product residue which can add to blocked pores and breakouts.  As a side note, Burt's Bees just came out with a more naturally-based shampoo and conditioner line you might want to look into to help with this.

I hope these 3 things help you identify some of the things you can change to help keep skin clear and beautiful!

Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."

1 comment:

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