Acne is a common condition that affects everyone from teenagers to adults. Even though so many people deal with pimples from time to time, there are many myths about the these pesky little zits. Many people have to battle with acne, and some of us deal with breakouts long after our teenage years. Hormonal changes and skin diseases are cited as a few of the causes of most acne breakouts, but thankfully, there are some solutions to fighting pimples.
You may think every zit on your body is the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are 6 different types of acne in total. There are blackheads and whiteheads that are caused by the buildup of oil, bacteria and dead skin cells. Papules and pustules which are formed when blocked pores become irritated. Lastly, there are nodules and cysts which are very large, painful and pus-filled pimples that should be treated by a dermatologist.
Forget all the myths out there about the various ways to get a zit because there’s only one way that a pimple is formed. When your body’s glands overproduce oil, they combine with your dead skin cells. This creates a plug that blocks the pores and hair follicles. Bacteria begins to grow in the clogged pores which causes a breakout. This is why dermatologists recommend exfoliating the skin with a cleansing brush or natural beads. If you already have oily skin, gently scrubbing away dead skin cells can help crack down on acne breakouts.
When you experience an acne breakout, it’s normal to want to scrub away the imperfections. But washing your face really won’t help you much. Excessively scrubbing and washing can
actually disturb the area even more and can create more zits, irritation, scarring and
inflammation. Instead of scrubbing your skin until it turns red, a little bit of gentle washing twice a day over the problem areas is less damaging.
There’s a myth that claims sugar, greasy foods and dairy products are the culprits behind acne breakouts, but that’s just simply not the case. There isn’t any real correlation between the food you eat and the pimples on your skin. So stuffing your face with chocolate and greasy pizza won’t cause a zit to form, but it can worsen a pre-existing acne breakout.
When an acne breakout occurs on a part of the body other than the face - like your back, chest and butt - it can usually be blamed on your clothing. The rubbing of bra straps and wearing tight clothes can cause “friction acne.” If you like to lounge around in sweaty gym clothes, just know that an acne breakout is bound to happen. When sweat gets trapped between your workout clothes and your skin, it can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria which can produce acne in the worst places.
For everyone who hates life as soon as they see a zit pop up on their face, there’s a group of people who actually love pimples. They’re called acnephiliacs, and it’s a fetish community that gets aroused by popping their partner’s zits or watching videos of strangers popping their
pimples. Many acnephiliacs even upload videos of their zit popping adventures to YouTube to share with the world. Sounds pretty gross, right?