Doctors clear up Acne misconceptions
23 June 2014Thought Acne only occurred during your teenage years? Unfortunately not – Adult Acne is a common skin disorder, affecting around 50 million people in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.There are many misconceptions about Adult Acne, so let’s find out what the real truth is about Adult Acne, from the experts.Acne is normalContrary to popular belief, it’s completely normal to suffer from Acne as an adult. Doctor Christine Cabell, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania said: “Anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of adults at some time can have acne”. She explains that while Adult and Teenage Acne are both caused by sebum-blocked pores, it’s adults who are more prone to suffering from breakouts due to having drier skin. She recommends seeing a Dermatologist and getting an expert opinion if you’re struggling to treat your Adult Acne.Acne is not caused by eating chocolateMany people assume that a poor diet leads to the development of Acne but California-based Doctor Jwala Karnik comments “While the foods you consume may play a small role in the overall health of your skin, there is no direct, definitively-proven correlation between eating these so-called ‘acne foods’ and having a breakout”. If you find that your Acne is triggered after eating certain foods however, it may be wise to cut them out of your diet for some time and see if it makes a difference. It could be that you have a reaction to those foods.Sunbathing isn’t a treatment for AcneYou may have heard people say that the sun can help clear up an Acne breakout, in actual fact the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can irritate some people’s Acne and can lead to further breakouts. Doctor Karnik adds that “some acne medications can make skin ultra sun-sensitive, which would complicate current skin issues.”Acne can lead to emotional distressFar from being merely a cosmetic issue, Acne can also have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If your Acne is causing you emotional distress, it’s definitely worth seeing a professional. They will be able to offer you advice and treatment tailored to your individual needs. Do you suffer from Adult Acne? Let us know how you deal with it on Facebook.