True or False? All About Skin
Posted 2 years ago
False. Being clean has nothing to do with it! Acne affects adults and teenagers. Hormonal changes mean oily sebum blocks hair follicles and this causes the red, painful bumps. Washing your face too much actually cause more spots by removing your natural protective oils. Carry on with your normal routine and, if necessary, visit your GP or pharmacy for a medicated cream.
2. Smoking gives you wrinkles
True. Yet another reason to bin the cigarettes! Smoking reduces the natural elasticity of the skin by breaking down your skin’s collagen and reducing its production. Smoking also restricts blood flow so less oxygen gets to the skin leaving you looking older. For help stopping smoking and a free Quit Kit visit: www.smokefree.nhs.uk
3. Chocolate causes spots
There’s no evidence that what you eat causes spots. The oil which blocks pores, causing a breakout, comes from the skin itself so fatty or oily food makes no difference. A balanced diet is important for your health and getting a good mix of vitamins is proven to help your skin heal but that cheeky bar of chocolate isn’t causing those blackheads.
4. Sunburn in childhood increases the risk of skin cancer later
Getting sunburnt just once before the age of 20 has been proven to greatly increase the risk of malignant melanoma. UV rays penetrate and damage the skin permanently. Experts recommend using a sunscreen on kids that is at least factor 30, keeping kids in the shade when it’s hottest and reapplying protection often.Like Pick Me Up? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest content.