Acne affects teens and adults alike. Many patients who seek our expertise regarding their acne issues tell us they’re nearly hopeless that they’ll ever find a solution. Before we discuss potential treatment options with these patients, we initially assess their basic understanding of acne including its cause, contributing factors, and why certain acne treatments don’t work for everyone.
During personal consultations, we notice that the following acne myths are still widely believed:
1. Acne and breakouts are a result of dirty skin.
People who mistakenly believe that acne is a result of dirty skin often overclean their face with harsh facial scrubs and cleansers. This is not good because too much scrubbing will only increase skin dryness and irritation, leading to more breakouts. The dark color of blackheads has nothing to do with dirt but rather a combination of excess oil and dead skin cells exposed to air.
2. Acne treatments that tingle when applied means that they’re actually working.
Ingredients such as menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus make anti-acne products tingle. However, most of these ingredients irritate the skin and may only worsen the actual acne.
3. Acne is caused by eating too much chocolate and dairy.
The truth is that acne has to do with the proliferation of a certain strain of bacteria. However, the main reason behind such sudden proliferation is still unclear and may be influenced by genetics, hormonal shifts, and certain medications.