Acne is caused by not washing properly. False. Washing is irrelevant (though over-washing can sometimes make the skin too sensitive to use anti-acne medications).

Stress worsens acne. Probably true, though some experts think it is because we fiddle with our skin more when we are stressed. A study of students found that acne was worse at exam time.

Eating chocolate, sweets or fried foods gives you spots. False. There is no scientific evidence for this.

Drinking lots of milk worsens acne. Possibly true, at least for women.

Masturbation, too much sex or too little sex worsens acne. False – total myths!

You can ‘catch’ acne by skin contact, or by using the same flannel or towel as someone with acne. False. Acne is not infectious.

Greasy hair causes spots. False. The hair is greasy for the same reason that the spots are present (which is overproduction of sebum).

Acne is worse premenstrually. True. Many women notice their spots are worse during the week before a period. Some women find acne improves during pregnancy, while others find it gets worse.

Acne runs in families. True. You are more likely to get it if one of your parents had acne.

Acne affects only the face, chest and back. False. Although these are the most common sites, acne can affect almost any part of the body.

Acne usually clears up on its own. True. In most people, acne will clear up on its own after 7 or 8 years. But there is no need to wait that long, as effective treatments are available.

Acne always disappears in the late teens/early 20s. False. Many 40-year-olds have acne and, in a few people, acne can persist into their 50s and 60s.

Adults do not get acne. False. Some adults develop acne for the first time in their 30s, or women may develop it as part of the hormone changes at the menopause. In the past 30 years, severe acne has become less common in teenagers and more common in adults – no one knows why.

Homemade treatments

Treatment using carrot

Take a fresh carrot, grate it, then use it to mask the face. Leave it for a few minutes, then clean the face with warm water. Repeat it until the desired results are achieved.

The symptoms should reduced in 2 weeks.

Treatment using tomato

Add 25 ml of 70% alcohol to 100 ml tomato juice. Mix it thoroughly, then gently apply the mixture to the affected face skin areas. Do it 2-3 times per day.

The symptoms should reduce considerably in 2 weeks.

Treatment using honey

In order to make this treatment work you need to take honey and apply it to the affected areas at night, before going to sleep. Then go to bed and rinse in the morning.

You sould see some results the next morning but it may take a while before the acne is gone completely.

Treatment using sugar

Sugar has a natural mild antibacterial effect. Since bacteria that develops in clogged pores triggers breakouts, sugar can help ward off future pimples.

Mix sugar with a little bit of water to make a paste. Use the concoction to gently exfoliate your face. Rinse with plenty of fresh water.

Acne should lessen.

Sources: Acne about, Acne resource

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