If you’re prone to pimples, it’s likely you’ve heard plenty of stories about what causes zits. But what’s really true—and what’s totally false? We asked New York City dermatologist Hadley C. King, M.D., to clear things up.
Myth 1: Acne Is Just a Teen Problem
The reality: When and how severely a person will get acne is very much genetically determined. While there are many who only experience acne during teenage years, there are tons of people who get adult acne, too. In fact, The International Dermal Institute puts the number at between 40 to 55 percent of adults aged 20 to 40. “It’s more common in adult women than in adult men because of ongoing hormonal fluctuations—though some men certainly experience adult acne as well,” says King.
Myth 2: You Need to Wash Your Face More
The reality: Unfortunately, sudsing up more often won’t cure your acne. “The causes of acne are multifactorial, the major players being hormones, stress, and genes—and you can’t change any of those by washing your face,” says King. Bacteria can play a role, as can heavy pore-clogging skin products that may exacerbate acne, and face washing can be helpful to decrease these factors, but it’s usually not the only issue.
Myth 3: The Sun Clears Up Zits
The reality: There’s no truth to the idea that the sun clears up acne, says King. It decreases the immune system in our skin, which is generally not a good thing, since it’s needed to prevent infections and skin cancers. Plus, we know that too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles and pigmentation issues. “However, when there’s a skin issue present like eczema or psoriasis, the sun can decrease related inflammation and therefore temporarily improve the condition,” says King.
Myth 4: Eating Greasy Food Gives You Acne
The reality: Generally this is not true, though some foods can play a role in acne in those who are predisposed. However, it’s not the “greasy” film on foods like pizza that popular myths claim cause acne but instead inflammatory elements. “We believe foods with a high glycemic index can aggravate acne because of their effects on our endocrine system and hormones—as well as the hormones in the fat component of dairy products, including chocolate,” says King.
Myth 5: Blackheads Are Dirt Stuck in Pores
The reality: When sebum and skin cells build up in your follicles, you can get a blackhead or whitehead. Blackheads are open, which leads to the oxidization of the plugged materials and the black color. When the pore is closed—preventing oxygen from reacting to what’s inside—you instead get a whitehead. Blackheads have nothing to do with dirt, though. “We think the dark color comes from oxidized keratin, which is a major structural component of skin,” explains King.
Myth 6: It’s Okay to Pop Pimples if You Do So ‘Safely’
The reality: In general, this is a horrible, terrible, no-good idea. “The trauma caused by popping a pimple can introduce more bacteria into the lesion and increase inflammation—which will make the zit worse and more likely to leave a dark mark as it heals,” says King. She adds that the occasional instance when popping a pimple may yield good results is if it has come to a head and is very ready to pop, and that the underlying clogged pore isn’t inflamed, painful, or red.
Myth 7: Acnes Gets Worse Before It Gets Better
The reality: Have you ever been told by someone that a new skin-care regimen that’s intended to clear up your acne will actually make it look worse before it clears up? King says this overall isn’t true, though some people may experience the phenomenon in certain prescription products. “Birth control pills can make acne worse in some individuals before it gets better, and we sometimes see this with retinoids and isotretinoin (Accutane) as well.”
Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)
Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.
If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.
1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks
Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.
2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.
3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.
4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.
5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.
6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.
Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)
Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.
The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.
The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.
Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.
The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride, wore a lovely white gown.
Watch the videos below:
— Ngozi Clara (@ngoziclara) November 21, 2020
Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba
Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.
Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.
Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.
The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.
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