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Acne Myths #1: Bad Hygiene Causes Acne Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by dirty skin. Acne is, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, resulting in an accumulation of oil under the skin. Some acne sufferers may think to reduce the onset of pimples is to wash the face frequently, Clare A. Pipkin, MD, a dermatologist and an assistant professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, says, ‘this can lead to irritated, traumatized skin that looks worse after treatment’ Acne Myths #2: Pop Those Pimples! What do you do when you see a volcano sized pimple on your face? POP IT? NO! Although it might be tempted, popping your pimple will do more damage, prolong the healing process and ultimately scarring. Instead try using over the counter acne remedies, like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which are known acne fighting agents. If you are looking for professional solution, your dermatologist could give you a cortisone shot directly into the pimple. Acne Myth #3: Too Much Junk Food Causes Acne I’m sure your mother has told you before to stop eating greasy foods or your get acne. Although there are some links between diet and acne. “Milk consumption has been associated with an increased risk of acne. Other studies have shown that a low glycemic index diet that’s high in fiber and fruits and vegetables is beneficial for acne,” notes Pipkin. “So, if someone is suffering from acne, avoiding milk or sticking to a low glycemic index diet may actually be helpful.” Acne Myth #4: Acne is a Teenage Problem The onset of acne can start at puberty during adolescence, but unfortunately for some individuals does not stay there. There are many adults out there who suffer from adult acne, usually with more advanced acne like nodules, cysts, papules, and pustules. You do not have to suffer, one of the most effective ways in treating acne is consulting a dermatologist who will be knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating your skin problems. Acne Myth #5: Acne Can Be Cured There is no definitive ‘cure’ for acne. Majority of people will grow out of it at some point, but no one can predict when that will be. You do not have to… Read more »