Problem skin affects many of us at some point in our lives, but a surprising amount of us don’t know the real reasons behind our itchy or spotty breakouts or how to treat them. 4Beauty busts the top five problem skin myths so you can get back to feeling gorgeous again.
Myth #1: Chocolate gives you acne
“A balanced diet will promote healthy skin but there is no scientific proof that any foods cause acne,” says Dr Dawn from Channel 4′s Embarrassing Bodies. So thank goodness for that, now we can enjoy our chocolate guilt-free (almost). The truth is, acne is caused by hormones that affect the sebaceous glands below the skin’s surface, encouraging excess production of the oily substance sebum. This mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria causing a blockage – a spot. To find out about treatments, read our guides to acne and spots.
Myth #2: Blackheads are dirt trapped in the skin
Like acne, blackheads are caused by hormones – an imbalance makes our bodies produce too much oil and this then mixes with dead skin cells and clogs the pore. As it rises to the surface, the mixture of oil and dead skin oxidises and turns black. Read our tips on the best ways to get rid of blackheads.
Myth #3: Eczema is caused by emotional disorder
Eczema can flare up by hormonal changes or stress but is not caused by having a psychological or emotional disorder. Diet is an important factor in controlling eczema as it is thought that some foods, like milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts are irritants. Read more about how to treat eczema.
Myth #4: You have to be overweight to get cellulite
Richard Weil, expert exercise physiologist, says, “Cellulite is not directly a function of excess weight, but a genetic difference in the way adipose (fatty) tissue and connective tissue form. In fact, cellulite affects people whether they are overweight or not.” Hooray! Slender and curvy girls alike should embrace their dimply thighs! Or, if that’s a step too far for you, read our guide on how to get rid of cellulite.
Myth #5: Tanning will get rid of your spots/rashes/cellulite
“Ultra-violet rays may help to clear some spots, but sweating in the sun is likely to make your skin problems worse. Too much sun will damage your skin,” says Dr Dawn. If you can’t see through summer without a tan, take a look at our guide for achieving a great fake tan.
taken from Channel4.com/4beauty By Holly Brain