Common Myths About Acne

As someone who’s dealt with acne for years, I’ve heard my fair share of tips and tricks to get rid of it. There are many misconceptions about acne that have become known as fact. And it wasn’t until I did my due diligence of research that I figured out what was false. 

I’ve heard plenty of stories about what causes acne, but what is actually true? These are some of the most common myths about breaking out.

 

Myth: The only people who get acne are teenagers.

Truth: It is true that acne typically starts in adolescence. As hormone levels rise, the oil under your skin increases. But, it doesn’t necessarily mean acne goes away after a certain period of time. People can experience breakouts at all ages and for varied amounts of time. 

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Myth: It’s okay to pop your pimples.

Truth: Popping pimples usually does more harm than good. It leads to an infection because it exposes the pimple to more bacteria and oil. It also causes scars that won’t fully go away. Although pimple popping is a quick solution, it’s worse for your skin in the long run. 

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Myth: You need to wash your face as much as possible.

Truth: An important essential to skincare is washing your face, but you only need to twice a day. It doesn’t cure acne faster to wash your face excessively. In fact, it can make your acne worse by scrubbing your face too much. It’s healthier to stick to washing your face twice a day.

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Myth: Greasy food causes acne.

Truth: Although too much junk food isn’t great for your health in other regards, there is no scientific evidence that it leads to breakouts. So if acne is stopping you from indulging in greasy food, don’t let it. But, there are recent studies that have proven milk and milk products can cause acne. 

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Myth: Pimples will go away on their own.

Truth: In order to get rid of acne, you need to treat it. If you leave it alone, your skin can severely worsen. There are many treatments, both prescription and over-the-counter, that can reduce clogged pores. Acne is a chronic skin condition that doesn’t simply go away instantaneously. 

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I’ve spent a large amount of energy dealing with my acne. But it wasn’t until recently when I learned what was true and what was not. I just put my trust in word of mouth. The process of treating acne is built on trial and error; everyone’s skin is different. As you treat your breakouts, remember these common misconceptions and take them into account.