Acne Myths

In an effort to bring you the latest information in skin care, acne products, acne treatments, and skin care information to help prevent and treat adult acne, teen acne, menopausal acne and give you facts about same, consider the following information:

There are many myths about acne, it's causes and how it should be treated. Here are the most popular of these myths.

Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry--and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by diet. Extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between food and acne. Nevertheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In that case, avoid those foods. According to the scientific evidence, if acne is being treated properly, there's no need to worry about food affecting the acne.

Myth #3: Acne is caused by stress. The ordinary stress of day-to-day living is not an important factor in acne. Severe stress that needs medical attention is sometimes treated with drugs that can cause acne as a side effect. If you believe you have a problem with any prescribed drug, you should consult your doctor.

Myth #4: Acne is just a cosmetic disease. Acne only affects the way one looks and does not affect the general health. However, it does sometimes cause scarring and can affect the way people feel about themselves.

Myth #5: You just have to let acne run its course. Not true. Acne can be cleared up. There are excellent products available these days to clear up acne and prevent scarring.

Myth #6: Squeezing Comedones (A Myth That Can Hurt and Cause Serious Damage)As tempting as it may be to squeeze open or closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)—don’t do it. Squeezing comedones is much more likely to make acne worse than to improve it.

Myths about acne die hard.

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Information Source Reference(s)

i.  Cunliffe W. The Acnes. 1989.
ii. American Academy of Dermatology

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