Acne Myths and facts

“Don’t eat greasy food and chocolate, because you’ll break out.”

This is probably the biggest misconception about acne.  Junk food won’t cause you to break

out. However, if you want to cut back on these foods for other health reasons, go for it!

“ You should scrub your face hard, because dirty skin causes acne.”

We all should practice good hygiene. Who wants to walk around school with a grimy

face? You should wash your face at least once or twice a day. Washing your face a lot and

scrubbing it too hard won’t clear up your acne; instead, it could aggravate the skin and

make it worse.

“You have to let acne run its course.”

No way! Acne is a treatable condition. No need to wait for acne to clear up on its own.

The longer you wait, the more likely your chances are of permanent scarring.  it’s time to see a dermatologist.

“Make-up won’t make your zits worse.”

Wrong.  Make up contains oil that can worsen the acne. If you choose to

wear make-up, choose products labelled noncomedogenic and oil-free

Suntanning reduces acne.”

While a suntan can temporarily dry up some of the oil, the drying factor could actually

encourage the skin to produce more oil, thus, causing more acne. Besides, over-exposure

to the sun will cause wrinkles, age spots, blotchy spots and sagging skin sooner than

usual. We all know that exposure to the sun without wearing sunscreen SPF 15 or greater

is a skin cancer factor. Sure, you may look good now, but skin cancer is a high price to

pay for trying to clear up acne.

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