Acne Myths And What You Need To Know
By now you may be convinced that the reason you get acne is because dirt, oil and bacteria get trapped in oversized pores and hair follicles. To keep yourself from getting acne you simply need to keep your face clean so that all that dirt and bacteria don’t get trapped anywhere and you don’t get pimples.
This is only partially true, and the reason we can say this with such certainty is that everyone has dirt and oil on their face, and unless you work in a factory or other incredibly dirty or dusty place, or live in an incredibly polluted area, acne sufferers have just about as much dirt, oil and bacteria as anyone else. There’s no such thing as a tremendous amount of dirt and oil that is so overwhelming that the skin can’t help but to hold onto it and push it down into the pores and hair follicles.
So why then do some people get acne and others don’t? If everyone has about the same amount of dirt, oil and bacteria lurking around their face, shouldn’t everyone be as acne prone as everyone else?
The reason that not everyone gets acne even though everyone has dirt and bacteria on their face is because acne is actually caused by a defect in the skin wherein it forms a small barrier over those pockets of dirt and oil so that they can’t escape. With normal skin that doesn’t have this “defect,” all that dirt gets rinsed away in the shower or even with sweating; it doesn’t necessarily sit inside the pores or follicles. But when a person has this particular condition with their skin that barrier doesn’t allow for this rinsing or washing away, and so everything gets stuck inside the pores where the dirt grows into what we call a pimple.
It’s really this small covering of skin or a skin cell, or an overgrown hair follicle that doesn’t let the dirt and bacteria to escape that causes a pimple, not just the dirt and other elements themselves. Of course, with some very extreme cases of acne the bacteria get buried or rooted very deep in the skin, but even in these cases if the skin didn’t form that barrier over it these bacteria would not grow into a pimple.
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Breaking the skin open is not the simple solution to this problem as this just causes scars and certainly doesn’t address potential breakouts either. But if a person understands the real cause of acne, he or she can better understand the best way to address it. Cleaning too much or too often is not going to really address the main cause of acne and won’t prevent future breakouts. But getting a better understanding of what really causes acne and what makes some break out while others don’t is the first step to really learning about how to treat this condition.