Acne Common Myths


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Acne has a collection of myths that continue to spread even when the facts have dispel them. It's important to know what these myths are because believing them will only prevent you from improving your acne skin problem. Understanding and knowing the facts will.

Poor Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene doesn't guarantee you'll eliminate acne. The extra washing and scrubbing can make your acne worst. You don't need to wash your skin more than two to three times a day using water and mild soap, then patting it dry. Do continue good hygiene habits, but don't expect it to make your acne go away on its own.


People have blamed chocolate or greasy foods for causing acne breakouts. This is not absolutely true. The same food may trigger a breakout in one person but not in another. To know if a certain food causes your acne, you'll need to eliminate it from your diet and see if your acne goes away.


Stress doesn't cause acne directly, but when you're under stress, your body will produce a hormone called cortisol, which can irritate your existing acne. In addition, medications to control anxiety or stress can cause acne. These drugs list acne as one of their side effects. You can try finding alternative ways to be less stressful and avoid taking drugs, which are known to cause acne as a side effect.

Go Away By Itself

Pimples might disappear, but for severe acne, it's best to seek treatment before conditions get worst. There are a number of over the counter remedies for acne. If your problem doesn't go away with OTC drugs, then you should find a dermatologist for help.


Tanning darkens your skin and only serves to cover up the acne so you don't see it as well. However, this will dry the skin and irritate your acne resulting in more breakouts. Some sunscreen lotions have oils or chemicals that could clog your pores and make your acne worst.

Popping Zits Make Them Go Away

Popping a pimple allows the bacteria to spread which leads to more infection and eventually scarring.

Teenagers Only

If you are an adult, then no one has to tell you that only teenagers get acne. Adults can get acne too. You don't grow out of acne when you are not a teenager anymore.

Copyright 2006 by Leroy Chan

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