How to get rid of spots: Doing THIS could be making it worse, says Dr Renee

Diet doesn’t have any impact on acne, and stress doesn’t mean you’ll get spotty, GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp revealed in a video added to her YouTube account.

The condition isn’t a sign of being ‘dirty’ either, she said.

Acne is a common skin condition that’s caused by either blocked hair follicles, an overproduction of the oily substance sebum, or a bacteria.

It’s comprised of six main types of spot, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, cysts, nodules, and pustules.

“Let’s bust some myths about the causes of acne,” said Dr Renee in her latest video on her YouTube channel, Dr Renee.

“Firstly, there’s no evidence that diet causes acne, so if you want to have that chocolate bar, go ahead and have it.

“We know that it’s not because you’re dirty. Actually, being over-clean and cleaning too much could be detrimental for acne.

“It’s not infectious, and squeezing and picking spots doesn’t help. In fact it makes it worse, and it increases scarring. Stress doesn’t cause acne, either.”

Dr Renee recommended washing your face no more than twice a day to reduce acne symptoms.

Using lukewarm water was better than hot water, she said.

Exfoliating or scrubbing your face wasn’t a good idea, as you’re stripping your skin of essential oils, and could spread the bacteria.

Creams, gels and antibiotics could help to treat the condition, she said.

Acne is the most common skin condition in the UK, said Dr Renee.

Almost everybody suffers from acne at some point in their lifetime, but it mainly affects those in their teenage years, up until their early thirties.

Less than three per cent of men and 12 per cent of women keep their acne into adulthood.

The biggest complications of acne include scarring and depression.



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