True or False: Causes of Acne Breakouts

True or False: Causes of Acne Breakouts

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding what can cause acne breakouts.

For example, the entertainment industry has never been shy to reference acne when an angsty teen is consuming a bar of chocolate. *For further reference, see The Breakfast Club and Adventures in Babysitting*

The following is a list of rumored acne producers and the truth behind each one.

True: Cell Phone Usage

Blue light is a high-energy, short wavelength light that emits from the sun and our electronic devices. It can penetrate deep into skin tissue, contributing to premature aging and stressed skin. To avoid these results, try to maintain minimal electronic device usage. Otherwise, there are blue light protection sprays.

Not Sure: Chocolate

Dr. Gregory R. Delost of Cleveland Medical Center did a study on the link between chocolate and acne. He found that people had about five more pimples with the ingestion of chocolate.

After analyzing his data, Dr. Delost is convinced that chocolate can make your acne worse. However, he admits that by giving participants milk chocolate, it is possible that milk is the ingredient causing acne.

True: Dairy

Most studies agree that acne can be irritated by dairy. Dairy cows are treated with artificial hormones that affect their milk supply. These artificial hormones may throw hormones off balance when milk products are consumed.

False: Cold Showers

Instead, it is hot water that strips the skin of its natural oils and healthy bacteria. These natural oils and healthy bacteria are responsible for keeping moisture in and the bad stuff out. Dryness triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. This causes oily skin and can worsen preexisting acne or cause a breakout. Therefore, cold or lukewarm showers are the way to go.

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