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The researchers compared the mental health of more than 134,000 people with acne to that of 1.7 million people who were blemish-free. After accounting for behaviors that can contribute to depression—things like smoking, drinking, weight, and income—the researchers discovered that the likelihood of developing major depression jumped by 63 percent in the year following an acne diagnosis, and it remained elevated for up to five years when compared to people who didn’t have acne.
The lead author, Isabelle A. Vallerand, PhD, an epidemiologist at the University of Calgary, told the New York Times: “It appears that acne is a lot more than just skin deep. It can have a substantial impact on overall mental health.” She believes the link needs to be taken seriously. Health-care providers should track the mood of acne patients and be ready to address signs depression—or consult with a mental health professional.
While toothpaste can act like a mask to pull impurities out of your skin, it can also dry out the skin, leaving you with larger issues than when you started. What’s worse, if you use a gel toothpaste instead, the gel can sting and burn your skin, causing a whole slew of other issues.
The antiseptic properties of lemon juice can help to rid your skin of bacteria, which can help with acne, however if you’ve got sensitive skin or your skin is exposed to the sun while lemon juice is on the surface, redness and rash can occur.
One popular method of acne treatment is to puncture the capsule of a Advil Liqui-Gels and use the gel as a topical treatment. While the anti-inflammatory properties will help swelling to go down, the gel won’t absorb into the skin enough to make a difference.
The juice of a tomato can deliver vitamin A to your skin, making it glow, but won’t do very much for pimples. If you’ve got an extreme case of acne, tomatoes won’t make things worse, but it won’t clear up your skin, either.
If you’re looking to do away with an entire layer of skin, a chemical peel may be what you’re looking for, but it won’t actually help with acne. By removing the external layer of skin, it temporarily gets rid of spots and makes a more shallow space for scars to settle into, but it won’t actually get rid of your acne.
It’s true that eye drops can help reduce the redness of a pimple if used as a spot treatment, but that’s about as far as they’ll get you. Eye drops won’t actually clear up any acne that you’re trying to treat.
While the sun does dry out pimples and help to clear up your skin, the backlash is far worse. The pimples come back even more aggressively than when they started, so you may have clear skin for a couple of days, but the long term result will be much harder to deal with.