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Popular Myths About Acne

Updated on February 5, 2013

Acne is such a widespread condition that many people developed their own opinions on the disease. These opinions eventually turned into rumors that were ultimately debunked as myths. The problem is that many people still believe these myths and recruit others into believing them as well. These are some of the most common myths and the truth behind them.

Tanning or Sunlight Clears Up Skin

Tanning will probably mask the acne for a short period but in the end, it will actually make skin dry and irritated, which will eventually cause more breakouts. The only thing that tanning and excessive exposure to sunlight will do is cause skin cancer and premature aging.

Washing Your Face Often Will Cause Fewer Breakouts

Washing your face will help to remove dirt and oil from your pores. However, washing your face too much will strip your face of its natural healthy oils that keep your face from becoming too dry. If you wash your face too often, it will lead to dryness and irritation, which will only make your breakouts worse. Scrubbing your face excessively will lead to irritation as well. The best thing that you could do would be to wash your face no more than twice a day. Use a mild soap and scrub lightly in a circular direction. When drying your face with a towel avoid rubbing. Instead, you should gently pat your face dry.

You Should Pop Pimples So They Will Go Away Faster

Popping the pimple will actually cause it to become more noticeable then it was to begin with. What you are actually doing when you squeeze a zit is pushing oil and bacteria deeper into the skin. This causes the pimple to become more red, swollen, and noticeable. It will also cause scarring which can last for months and in some cases forever. The best thing to do is to leave the zit alone, it will eventually go away on its own, and will not leave a scar.

Make-Up Causes Acne

This one actually used to be true decades ago. However, now cosmetic companies are more conscious of the chemicals that they put into their products. Most cosmetics on the market today will not cause you to break out. In fact, many of them contain ingredients that can help fight acne.

There is some truth to this myth if you already suffer from acne. Wearing the wrong kind of cosmetics, wearing too much of it, or not washing it off before bed can cause your breakouts to become worse.

Using More Medicine Will Cause the Breakouts to Stop

Just like washing your face too often, using too much acne medicine will cause your face to dry out. This causes more irritation, which causes breakouts that are more frequent. Since some medicines can take up to two months to begin working it is best to be patient. All good things come to those who wait!

Stress Will Cause Acne

Your body is designed to deal with normal everyday stress. Being stressed does not cause acne. If you have some big things happening in your life, such as purchasing a new house, your skin might produce more oils. This may cause you to get one or two pimples but it will not cause you to develop acne.  

Chocolate Causes Acne

All of you chocolate lovers can breathe easy! Chocolate does not cause acne. It does not even irritate a current case of acne. In fact, no scientific study has ever proved that any food item causes acne. Therefore, no one has to be afraid to eat his or her favorite foods any longer!


Only Teenagers Get Acne

Not true! Anyone can develop acne at anytime during his or her life. This is one of the most believed myths. It is true that most teenagers suffer from acne which does eventually clear up, but they are not the only age group that can develop acne.

Sex Causes Acne

Every woman in the world will be extremely excited to know that neither sex nor masturbation causes acne! Not only does it not cause it, it does not aggravate an existing case either. So go ahead and jump into bed now that you know the truth about the most common acne myths!


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