Dermatology Myths – Misconceptions about your skin
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence – John Adams
Myth: Consuming non-vegetarian food causes acne
This is absolutely untrue says Dr. Kaberi Som, Skin Specialist. She explains that ‘acne has a multi-factorial origin,’ and only a doctor can determine what the real causes are. However she advises against junk food as the skin needs proper nutrition to be healthy.
Myth: ‘Hot’ foods like mangoes trigger boils or skin infections
‘Boils are caused by bacteria,’ says Dr. Som. As bacteria multiply in hot humid climate which is the season of mangoes, they are often blamed for the infection.
Myth: Consuming milk or fish causes leukoderma or a calcium deficiency causes white patches on the face
Neither of this is true. ‘Leukoderma is a multi-factorial disease, and not related to food,’ says the doctor. And as for the white patches – they could be caused by ‘the wrong use or cosmetics, a sun allergy or even a superficial fungal infection.’
Myth: Leprosy is hereditary
‘Leprosy is caused by an organism and is thus an infection. If there is familial occurrence, it is due to close contact,’ clarifies Dr. Som.
Myth: Oil causes dandruff
Oil has nothing to do with it as dandruff is ‘caused by a yeast.’
Myth: Pulling out a gray hair causes ten to appear
This is baseless as ‘each hair root is separate.’
(Published in The Times of India, Mumbai. 2006)