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Top ten acne myths

Acne Myth 1. Acne is something that only happens to teenagers
Teens definitely do suffer from acne, but some people develop acne for the first time in their 20s or 30s. 

Acne Myth 2. 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 35 than it did when you were 16 but is still the same.

Acne Myth 3. Acne is caused by poor hygiene and/or acne is caused by dirt
Fact: Dirt and surface oil on the skin has nothing to do with the formation of acne. The dirt on the surface of the skin or oily skin surface is not the problem. Causes of acne are a combination of skin scales, oil and bacteria found in the pores. Blackheads are not dirt on the skin, but the color of dead cells that have been discolored by oxygen. Even if a person washes their face several times a day, it won't stop acne from forming.  It could actually cause more problems with your acne.

Acne Myth 4. Washing Your Face Often Prevents Breakouts
Fact: Washing your face several times a day will not do anything to keep you from breaking out. In most cases, it can irritate and dehydrate your skin and lead to more lesions. Using the correct products to wash your skin will help acne. Click here to see the right cleansers.

Acne Myth 5. You have acne because you're not washing enough
Unless you're a slob, that's probably not true. Studies have shown 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.  Washing your face regularly is the right thing to help the expenditure of dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt from the skin surface. But, too often to clean the skin or rub the skin too hard, it will aggravate acne on the skin.

Acne Myth 6. You can "clean up" a pimple by scrubbing at it
Myth: Squeezing acne can eliminate acne pimples well from your face. That's actually the worst thing you can do. "People will spend hours trying to get goop out of skin to heal the acne. Picking your skin is the number one way of getting a scar. Picking also spreads the bacteria and can cause even more. "Don't pick!"

Acne Myth 7. Acne is caused by candy, eating chocolate, drinking soda and french fries?
Fact: Foods that are high in iodides (it's the salt on those french fries) can make acne worse, but the candy nor fried foods can cause acne. Studies have shown foods high in iodides but it certainly is not the "cause". Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores, you either are prone to it or not.

Acne Myth 8. Myth: Acne is just a cosmetic disease
Fact: Any disease that can leave permanent disfiguring scarring on the face is more than just a "cosmetic" disease. It affects the self-esteem of the acne sufferer deeply, some to the extent that they won't leave the house or even go to school. Acne can have lasting consequences in how you feel about yourself,  and left untreated, or improperly managed, it can leave permanent scars emotionally and physically. Some people can get staph infections with their acne, which can be dangerous if not treated. Acne is a disease that needs to be taken seriously!

Acne Myth 9. Stress causes acne
Fact: That's right, stress can lead you to hormonal fluctuations that can cause acne. However, it is only the excess stress that can stimulate discharge certain hormones, which can cause acne. Daily stress that is not excessive will not stimulate acne.

Acne Myth 10. You just have to let acne run its course
Fact: It is not worth the risk of potential permanent scarring that acne can cause. Don't wait! When acne can be managed with the right products, why take the chance? Studies have shown that people with acne get lower-paying jobs and get passed over for promotions. We live in a culture that rewards healthy, attractive people. While that may not be "right", it is the reality. If you can do something about an unattractive condition then it is a really good idea to take action. Let an acne expert help you get your acne under control! Click here for more information on the right regimen for you.

Acne Myth 11. You can't wear makeup if you have a breakout
Some makeup can definitely exacerbate acne, particularly thicker liquid foundations that can clog pores and stage type pancake makeup. But lighter, looser powder foundations, like mineral powder, aren't nearly as aggravating to your skin.  Beware of ingredients especially Zea Mayes (Cornstarch) when the oils of your skin mix with the make-up it breeds bacteria leading to break outs.

Acne Myth 12. Acne can be cured
Fact: There is no "cure" for acne. Most people will grow out of it at some point in their lives, but no one can predict when that will be. Acne can wreak havoc on your face until you do. The good news is that acne can be controlled by using the right products for your type of skin and acne condition plus it must be used in the right way.

Acne Myth 13. Toothpaste can cure acne
Fact: Toothpaste cannot cure acne. This is truly an urban myth. While toothpaste may be able to dry out existing lesions, it has nothing in it that can prevent acne from forming in the first place. Toothpaste can really burn your skin and most brands have sodium lauryl sulfate in the formulation – a know pore clogger. (See list of pore-clogging ingredients.)

Acne Myth 14.Sweating helps get rid of acne
Some believe you can sweat out your acne, by going to a steam room or using hot towels. But in fact, some studies suggest that high temperatures and humidity can worsen the condition, so you might do best to keep it cool.

Acne Myth 15. Moisturizer/Sunscreen will make you break out
Fact: Most people with acne are deathly afraid of moisturizers and with good cause! There are many moisturizers with pore-clogging ingredients in them. While treating your acne the active products can be drying/dehydrating. This means you will need to moisturize to balance the skin out.  If you don't moisturize to balance the skin it can cause the skin to produce more oil and more break outs!

Click here for moisturizers for acne

Part 2: Don't wear sunscreen, it will aggravate your acne WRONG!

If you don't wear sunscreen every day the marks from you acne lesions are being made darker and more permanent. You will heal faster from the discoloration with the use of a sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy. You just have to pick the right sunscreen. One that you like the way it feels on the skin.  Never put body sunscreen on your face. Click here for the sunscreens for acne.

Acne Myth 16. Products need to tingle or sting in order to know they are working
Fact: While it's true you need strong and/or effective products to get acne under control, if they are too strong, that means your skin will eventually get too irritated, flakey and raw/sensitive. Stinging can be normal but it should not last long at all.  In a short period of time the sting should become almost nonexistent. If a product feels strong back off and try again. Take it slow and let your skin get used to the product. If there is no improvement, then at that point, you will have to stop all products that are working to get you clear and take a break for a few days.

Acne Myth 17. Rosacea is same with chronic acne
Fact: Rosacea has nothing to do with acne. Rosacea is a different type of disorder although sometimes looks like acne. Acne Rosacea can look very similar to regular acne and can be misdiagnosed.

To learn more about rosacea click here