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Updated on March 9, 2016
Many myths continue to circulate and endure when it comes to acne. We’re here to clear up some of the misunderstandings revolving around acne and the myths that are sure to follow.
Myth #1: Acne only affects appearance
Acne can also cause deep psychological distress. Severe acne can lead to low self-image and depression. There is a strong link between severe acne and social withdrawal.
Myth #2: Acne is caused by poor hygiene
While skin infections are associated with acne, lack of cleanliness is not the reason for acne outbreaks. The combination of oil and dead cells which produce acne is located beneath the skin’s surface where it is impossible to clean it away. Cleansing with a gentle cleanser, such as Virtual Acne MD, twice daily will keep your skin as healthy as possible. Be careful not to scrub or over-exfoliate as this can worsen current acne conditions.
Myth #3: Acne is caused by specific foods
Chocolate has long had a reputation as a pimple producer. Studies have shown no scientific evidence that this is true. The same holds true for potato chips and sugar. There are some foods that do seem to aggravate (not cause) the condition: milk and foods high in fat/sugar content.
Myth #4: Acne has to run its course
There are many acne treatments available both over-the-counter and more effective medications from a dermatologist. If you experience acne symptoms its best to consult with a Dermatologist in order to implement a proper treatment plan. More severe cases of acne may be related to a bacterial infection that needs to be tackled with antibiotics so consulting with a Dermatologist will help you get on the right path to clearer skin.
Myth #5: The more acne medicine the better
Some people believe that if their acne gets worse they should just use more medicine. Acne medication takes time in order to see results. If after 6 weeks you aren’t seeing improvement with your skin talk to your Dermatologist so they can direct you on what’s best. Excess use of acne ointments may irritate the skin further when applying outside the recommended dosage.
Myth #6: Sunbathing is good for acne
Exposure to the sun dries out excess oils, so it does improve acne short-term. However, long-term the skin adapts and the acne is unfazed. Worse, there is scientific evidence that over time sun exposure damages the skin and increases your chances of skin cancer. So be sure to find the right sunscreen to compliment your skin type.
Myth #7: Makeup causes acne
Some makeup products can clog the pores, which is bad for the health of your skin. Cosmetics that are labeled “noncomedogenic” are safe to use. Some brands are made with ingredients that actually treat acne. More often than not cosmetics can lead to clogged pores due to not removing them prior to bed. Your skin needs time to breathe and repair itself and it can’t do this if covered with foundation overnight.
Myth #8: Acne is only a teenage condition
While most teens have acne, so do many adults. Acne generally clears up by the early 20’s. But some people experience acne for the first time as late as their 40’s. And for the most unfortunate of all, some people endure acne flare-ups their entire lives.
Myth #9: Popping pimples is the best way to get rid of them
The fact is popping pimples may worsen acne if not done properly by causing further inflammation within the sebaceous gland. Popping can also lead to eventual scarring which in severe cases can be permanent.