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Despite scientific pieces of evidence, there are still many misconceptions about acne.
From old tales to invalid experiments & researches, the sources of these myths are not reliable, and their roots can’t even be traced.

Nowadays, acne treatments are driven by science, and many years of dermatologist experiences. There is no doubt that the way to achieve healthy skin is the continuous use of products designed for acne-prone skin.

Ten Busted Myths About Acne

Read below the truth about the most popular myths so you can move on with your skincare routine.

Myth #1 Popping pimples makes them go away 

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Squeezing pimples has quite the contrary effect, as this action leads to additional infection, scarring, and inflammation.

Myth #2 Sun clears up acne

Sun only camouflages the breakout, does not cure it. The sun’s rays can inflame the skin, while the ultraviolet light can damage the surface of the skin, causing sunburn, destroying cellular DNA, which cand lead to premature aging. 

Myth #3 Acne is contagious

Acne can not spread from person to person. It is true that acne bacteria have a role in its development, but it can not be transmitted.

A lot of people believe that and feel uncomfortable touching someone with blemishes, but the truth is that acne is not contagious.

Myth #4 French fries cause acne

It is one of the oldest myths. While you should keep the french fry consumption to moderate amounts for other health reasons, greasy foods do not affect acne.

Myth #5 Your diet has nothing to do with acne

For a period, it has been said that diet doesn’t influence acne. Recently, studies proved that there is indeed a connection between alimentation and acne.

This study suggests that saturated fat, sugary foods, milk, as well as less fish may aggravate or influence acne.

Myth #6 Makeup worsens acne

Even if some ingredients clog pores and cause breakouts, using the right makeup products can actually improve acne.

Dermatologists suggest that powder-based mineral foundations with silica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide absorb the oil that would otherwise be clogging your pores.

Myth #7 Toothpaste can heal a zit

Toothpaste has ingredients which, yes, dry pimples out. But that’s not a product designed for the skin; therefore, it can cause allergies or irritations.

Instead, you can look for a spot treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide.

Myth #8 Moisturizers cause acne

Quite the opposite — dehydrated skin produces more pore-clogging oil than a hydrated one. Apply a lightweight moisturizer every day, so your skin will produce less oil.

Myth #9 Acne is not such a big deal

We are all pro accepting yourself as you are and being positive. On the other hand, it is crucial to understand that part of a growth self-care means taking it seriously.

The British Journal of Dermatology analysis included data from THIN, where the investigators found that the risk for anxiety & depression was highest within one year of acne diagnosis — a 63% higher risk compared with people without acne.

With the right acne treatment, these issues can be prevented from piling on.

Myth #10 Acne is curable

There hasn’t been recognized any official cure for acne. Being a chronic issue, it can last from a few months to 25 years or more. It is a skin condition, meaning it’s a continuous situation that exists on your skin.

Acne can come and go at different periods in your life, and you should be concerned all the time with managing it — read the following articles that might help you.

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The information from this article is not entirely medical-grade level and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. No one will know you, your medical history, the meds you’ve taken or are taking, your sensitivities and drug interactions, allergic reactions, and your lifestyle, but your doctor does.

Virginia Decker
Virginia Decker
Virginia Decker is one of the most experienced members of our team. With over 20 years of practice in the skincare field, she always shares the best and most transparent information to our community.
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