Over the years, I’ve heard many myths regarding acne, as I’m sure many of you have.  This page serves to clear up common misconceptions regarding acne.  I’ve compiled research I’ve done online and by asking my dermatologist into a list form, with either a True or False notation under each myth. If you have any other acne myths you’d like debunked, leave them in the comments and I’ll research the myth and tell you if it’s true or false.

  • Eating chocolate causes acne. or Eating greasy foods causes acne.

False. There’s really no food specifically connected to acne.  However, some people may experience breakouts with certain foods, such as greasy food and chocolate.  If you feel that that’s the case with you, just stop eating the food that affects you.  Also, greasy food may cause the pores on your skin to become clogged if the grease actually touches your face, so that may be a concern.

  • More face washing=clearer skin.

Mostly False. Washing the skin too much can cause excessive dryness, which causes irritation, which causes acne.  So, don’t go crazy with the washing, it’s not going to actually clean inside the pores, it just removes dirt and oils from the top of the skin.  Also, be gentle when you’re washing your face because excessive pressure may cause irritation, which may cause –you guessed it– acne.

  • Popping pimples will help clear up my skin.

Very False. Don’t do it!  Popping pimples, as tempting as it sounds, will only hurt you in the long run.  Popping pimples may cause scarring down the road, so don’t touch that pimple!

  • You just have to let acne run its course.

Obviously False. If you’re reading this blog in the first place, then you almost positively know that treatments exist.  Things like Retin-A, antibiotics such as Doxycycline, and more serious treatments like Accutane are all available.  These aren’t just treating a cosmetic issue, either.  Acne can leave permanent scarring, both emotional and physical.  Don’t hesitate to contact a dermatologist or your doctor if you’re fed up with your acne.

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