- Acne is caused by poor hygiene
Wrong! Acne happens when the oil glands (pores)face wash twice a day can certainly help your acne to some degree.
- You can get rid of blackheads by using a good facial scrub or exfoliant
False! Too much facial scrubbing can irritate your skin and cause more inflammation. You can’t just wash acne away or ‘clean– NEVER scrubbed!
- Picking and squeezing pimples is a good way to get rid of your acne
No way! Picking and squeezing pimples immediately makes acne worse and can lead to permanent, irreversible acne scarring.
- Eating chocolate causes acne
No! But remember – everything in moderation – even chocolate. A healthy, balanced diet is important to your general well-being but will not cure acne.
- Make-up and moisturisers won’t affect my acne
Warning! Some cosmetics (make-up, concealers, moisturisers) can definitely make acne worse. If you are not sure which skin
- Using lots of over-the-counter acne medication or celebrity-endorsed acne skin systems containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid will improve my acne
Wrong! Using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid without medical advice can actually make acne a lot worse as they can cause significant skin irritation and inflammation.
- Sunlight, sun-bathing or sun-beds will improve acne
Sun exposure can cause inflamed acne spots to every day.
- Sweat from exercise causes acne
Not true – although it is always a good idea to wash your face with a gentle water-soluble cleanser after hot, sweaty activities.
- Acne is caused by allergies
There is no scientific evidence that acne has any connection with any allergic reaction you may have.
- Acne is contagious
Acne is NOT contagious. You cannot get acne by touching a pimple on someone else’s face.
- Stress does not contribute to acne
Periods of increased stress can often be linked to new outbreaks of pimples or worsening acne.
- Pregnancy will help acne
Not true. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy can cause acne is some women.
- Acne is not hereditary
Not true. Studies show that the likelihood of acne is greater in people whose parents or siblings have also had acne.
- Steroids won’t cause acne
False. Anabolic steroids illicitly used for body-building can cause acne and are linked to severe forms of acne.