Gourmet, Romulo Yanes
Does junk food or sleeping in your makeup really cause breakouts? We separate fact from fiction.
1. Going to bed without washing your face leads to breakouts. We can't blame everything on dirt. While it's true that it worsens acne, dysfunctional cells-those that don't slough away readily or that produce too much sebum-are the root of acne.
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2. Cheeseburgers cause breakouts. This one is kind of true, but the burger isn't the problem. It's the cheese and the bun. Studies show that diets rich in dairy and high-glycemic foods (white carbs such as flour, rice, and potatoes) correspond with acne occurrence. Loading up on foods with low-glycemic ratings (legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables) has been shown to clear up breakouts.
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3. Prescription products are better than over-the-counter ones. They're similar, only stronger (which isn't always better). If over-the-counter cleansers, retinoids, and spot treatments don't help alleviate breakouts after eight weeks, see a dermatologist, who can offer nonirritating solutions.
4. Toothpaste can double as zit cream. This myth persists no matter how many times we debunk it. The baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, and triclosan found in toothpaste do dry up excess oil, but the harsh combination of ingredients causes peeling and irritation. If you're looking for a guerilla solution, crush a tablet of aspirin, add a drop of water, and apply it to the pimple overnight. It's a powerful but gentle anti-inflammatory.
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