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Sex and Chocolate: Acne Myths Debunked

I am a grown woman. A logical one, even. I don’t believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Loch Ness Monster. (Well, I’m a little iffy on the whole Nessie thing… I mean, it could be real, right?) But I absolutely refuse to buy into the idea that my occasional Milky Way bar is aggravating my adult acne flare ups.

 It’s been tough; what with all the information I’ve been trying to absorb lately, to decipher the difference between fact and fiction. Being the generous gal that I am, I figured I’d pass along all that I have learned in my ongoing quest for knowledge. So here you go… three myths about adult acne, cleared up once and for all. (If you’ll pardon my pun)

 Myth #1: The Harder You Scrub, the Clearer Your Skin

You may think that scrubbing your face of all that grime and oil and other assorted nastiness extra vigorously every chance you get will help keep it fresh and clean, but the truth is actually quite the opposite. Wash gently twice a day—no more!!!—or you can end up causing a mechanical effect that can end up making your acne worse.

 Myth #2: If it Tastes Good, It Probably Gives You Zits

Pizza, chocolate, fried chicken and potatoes– they’ve all taken the wrap at some point for break outs. Survey says… Nope. There’s no scientific correlation between greasy foods and pimples. However, it is important to note that there are certain foods that can worsen (though they still won’t cause) a break out. And they probably aren’t what you think. It’s not foods high in fat that can aggravate acne, but those rich in calcium—like milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

 And finally, my very favorite:

Myth #3: Sex and Masturbation Cause Acne

You’ve got to hand it to those seventeenth century parents. They sure had some wicked ideas about steering their kids away from premarital sex. Yeesh. Fear not, my friends, this one is definitely just a myth.


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