Acne Myths

Since: Apr 09


#1 Apr 11, 2009
Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene. If you believe this myth, and wash your skin hard and frequently, you can actually make your acne worse. Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin and a day’s accumulation of dust on the skin looks unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry–and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.

Since: Mar 11

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 6, 2011
@ theharry: Being hygienic is far more better than being not. At least you pay more attention to your health. Acne myths could vary according to each one's perception and even personal experiences. But generally, its causes are the change of our hormones. Most women are prone to this.

@Joshua: are you serious? taking accutane drug still even today? I've heard FDA has banned that product already because of the campaign to prevent IBS syndrome. In fact accutane settlements can be an evident report about that.

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Since: Oct 13

Chantilly, VA

#7 Nov 1, 2013
Acne Myth 1: Adults don’t get acne.

Not true. Surveys have found that significant numbers of adults are still getting acne into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Acne may look different when you’re 36 than it did when you were 16 -- it’s more likely to be reddish nodules around your mouth and jaw, rather than whiteheads and blackheads scattered all over your forehead, nose, and cheeks -- but it’s acne all the same.

Acne Myth 2: Eating chocolate and drinking soda gives you acne.

“The diet controversy over acne goes on,” says Amy Derick, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in Great Barrington, Ill.“The idea that chocolate and caffeine cause acne has never really panned out.” Some studies have suggested that milk products might influence acne, because of the presence of hormones and bacteria in the milk.“But the data isn’t that strong, and I don’t want to recommend that 30-year-old women cut out milk when they need it for their bone health.”

Acne Myth 3: Stress causes acne.

This myth may have some basis in reality, but it’s hard to quantify.“Some studies have found that college students have increased breakouts during finals, but it’s hard to be sure if it’s causative,” Derick says. Not all students with acne have increased breakouts during stressful times. "So maybe stress does play a role, but we haven't seen any good studies showing that stress hormones make acne worse."

Acne Myth 4: Don’t wear sunscreen, it will aggravate your acne.

You just have to pick the right sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens, like Helioplex, dissipate UV light using a chemical reaction, which may cause heat bumps. If you’re prone to acne, use a physical sunscreen like zinc oxide instead.

Acne Myth 5: You have acne because you’re not washing enough.

Unless you’re a slob, that’s probably not true.“Studies in teens show that washing your face twice a day is more effective than just once, but more than that isn’t necessary and can dry out your skin,” Derick says.“Cleansers are only on your skin for five seconds. Leave-on products like retinoid creams are more efficacious.”

Since: Oct 13

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Nov 21, 2013
Acne Myth: Acne is Caused by Dirt

Acne is not caused by dirt. And no amount of scrubbing with soap and water will do anything to help clear it up. In fact, too-frequent washing can have the opposite effect. Why? Because aggressive scrubbing can irritate skin; and stripping away oil can trigger even more oil production— and both these things can make acne worse.

Use a mild, soap-free cleanser just twice a day to gently remove oil, dirt, impurities and dead skin cells.
Acne Myth: Acne is Caused by Candy and French Fries

Acne is not caused by what you eat—in practically all cases. Because it takes about three weeks for a pimple to emerge, if one shows up the day after you ate a bunch of chocolate, there is no connection!

There are all kinds of great reasons to eat a healthy diet, but getting rid of your acne— unfortunately—is not one of them.
Acne Myth: Only Teenagers Get Acne

What IS true is that 90% of teens get acne—but also about 50% of women and 25% of men get acne at some time during adulthood, sometimes for as long as 20 years.

Genetics and hormones are the acne triggers in everyone. In adults, stress can have a profound effect on hormones which, in turn, can cause acne to flare up. Relaxing can really help!


#9 Jan 26, 2014
As a 15yr. old girl (this was 16yrs. ago) I started Accutane from . After the initial 30 days of my acne getting worse I started to notice that day by day the acne lessened and the pores on my face became smaller and I didn't have to constantly blot the oil off my face. I had some dryness but it was a small sacrifice to look in the mirror and not see these big ugly zits causing me to feel ugly and self conscious. I also started to look people in the eyes and not constantly worry that they were staring at the state of my skin, or to go outside in the bright light and have people thinking negative things about me. After 3 mos. my skin was beautiful, without a single blemish, and the pores shrunk back to normal. Although I had the dryness that everyone experiences, it was SO WORTH IT. People talk about depression as a side effect, but honestly I was so deliriously happy with the results that I can say I was never depressed for even one day. After 1 yr. of being off the drug I started to get a few pimples and went back to the dermatologist. She started me on a second course immediately. That was 17yrs. ago. My skin has been perfect and flawless ever since. I never get a breakout. I shudder to think how my life would have been if it wasn't for this wonder drug. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It changed my life.

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