Acne Myths

Acne mis-information
Can eating the wrong food lead to acne? Find out if this is a myth.

There has been many myths that surround the cures and causes of acne. Instead of providing quality information to make life better for those who suffer from this disease, they have only served to make things worse and confuse people. If you suffer from this horrible skin condition, you are better off learning the facts and avoiding the myths to treat your acne in timely and effective manner.

Based on some of the mis-information that surround acne, you will be led to use treatments that will possibly:

  1. Have no effect on your skin
  2. Severely harm your skin, making the condition worse.

Here are some common acne myths:

#1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
This is very misleading, and can make a person scrub their skin very harshly in an effort to clean the skin and rid themselves of acne, doing a lot of damage to the skin. Hard scrubbing may irritate your acne even more and cause you to have dry skin. Washing your face even more is unlikely to change things. What does matter are the types of products that you use, how often you use them, and what skin type you have.

#2: The sun or tanning beds can cure your acne.
While you do get vitamin D from the sun, long exposure can do a lot of damage to the skin. The radiation from the sun's UV rays can cause your skin to dry out and become red. In fact, your skin can become over-tan and start to flake off. This can lead to pore blockage and can cause other future skin related problems. It is recommended to stay out of the sun and tanning beds because spending too much time in the sun in hopes that it will solve your problems isn't going to do you any good.

#3: Food has no impact on acne.
This is the far from the actual truth. While there is no direct relationship between acne and food, there are some foods which can aggravate your acne, making it worse. Take for example vegetable oil. Regular consumption will lead to a hormonal imbalance which is one of the major contributing factors that causes acne. It is better for your have healthy, balanced meals if you want to get rid of your acne.

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There is so much misleading information about acne. You need to be able to tell myth from fact.

#4: Dirt causes acne.
This is just wrong and is one of the most common misconception about this skin condition. There are many known causes for acne, however, dirt is definitely not one of them. Dirt combined with sweat, though, can clog pores.

#5: Intensive washing and strong lotions will get rid of acne.
Again, this is not true. Intensive scrubbing and washing is also very harmful to your skin. Exceeding three face cleansings a day can have a negative influence on your skin and lead to undesirable consequences, making it easier for acne to grow. It is known that dry skin produces more oil, fueling the acne.

#6: Acne is mainly found in teenagers.
Everyone usually thinks of teenagers when they think of acne, but this one is also not true. It is not true that everybody that experiences acne outgrows it, but it is true, however, that acne can affect people of all races, sex, and ages. Some may get rid of acne once puberty ends; others may first see symptoms of acne in their late 20s. Some people even first deal with it even later on in life in their 40s and 50s.

#7: Sex or masturbation can cause acne.
This one dates back as far as the 17th century. This one came about as a way to prevent your people from having premarital sex. There is no truth to this at all.

#8: Acne is only a cosmetic disease.
It is true that acne does affect the way a person looks and is not a threat to a person's physical health. However, acne can affect the way a person feels about themselves, possibly even leading to depression. And acne can leave physical scars on a person.

#9: There is no proven cure for acne.
There are many prescription medications and home remedies for curing acne. We firmly believe that the Acne no More system is a proven cure for acne. It has worked wonders for us here at

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It is not true that popping pimples can actually help.

#10: Popping pimples or zits will make them go away faster.
This one makes us cringe. While popping a pimple or zit can make it immediately less noticeable, you are doing long term damage. You are only pushing bacteria deeper into the skin, and making the infected area even more prone to acne. And you are increasing the likelihood of leaving a permanent scar. Trust us, popping your pimples will only make matters worse in the long run.

#11: If you have acne, you cannot wear make-up or shave.
While it is true you will have to be careful, you can defiantly shave and wear make-up. In fact, it is highly recommended to keep hair off your face if you have acne there. Just be sure to use a single blade razor or an electric razor. And as for make-up, just make sure you are using the right make-up for your skin, use make-up sparingly, and do not use any cosmetics that are oily.

#12: When using acne medications, if the acne breakouts don't stop, you can always increase the dosage or frequency.
Again, this is a big NO! Only follow the directions for any medications you are taking. Using too much acne medication can lead to dry and damaged skin, making the conditions for acne to grow increase.

#13: Blackheads are caused by dirt.
We have already told you it is untrue that dirt causes acne. And we are here again to tell you that the formation of blackheads has nothing to do with dirt being on the skin. Whiteheads form just below the skin's surface, while blackheads are enlarged plugs that have pushed their way through the surface of the skin. The material that is inside the pore turns black when it is exposed to air.

#14: Acne is contagious
Put simply, acne is not contagious. Do not believe otherwise.

#15: Acne can only form on the face.
Another common beleif that is so wrong. While the face is the most common place acne can appear, it is not uncommon for acne to appear on the shoulders, chest, or back. In fact, acne can appear anywhere on the skin, including the genitals.

#16: The stronger the dose of acne medicine, the better the results.
This is a statement mostly believed in by teens. Some think, "if a 2.5 percent solution of benzoyl peroxide is clearing up your acne, then a 10 percent solution will work better". The truth is, if a lower dose is doing the job, then increasing the dose will probably have no effect on the acne and will only cost you more money. And it could possibly make things worse.

#17: There is nothing that can be done about acne scarring.
Thanks to new information and technology, living with acne scars is now a thing of the past. Laser treatments, autologous fat transfers, skin surgery, dermabrasions, and microdermabrasions have all been proven effective in treating acne scarring. These all do cost money, however. There are also many home remedies to treat acne scars that people have reported having success with.

#18: Acne is an infection.
This statement is incorrect and is a complete myth. Acne is a skin disorder caused by many different factors.

#19: It is safe to stop your acne medications once the acne has cleared up.
Do not stop any acne medications or change the dose without approval from your doctor. If you stop too soon, the acne may come back.

#20: You can clear acne by treating each pimple individually.
Spot treatments just do not work. You must treat the entire area affected by acne.

Working Out
While excersie is good for you, excercise alone will not cure your acne.

#21: Exercise improves acne because the sweating will clean out the pores.
While exercise is good for the body and can help the body fight off acne, it has nothing to do with the sweat. Actually the truth is quite the opposite. If sweat is left to try, it can clog pores. So be sure to show immediately when you are done exercising, or any activity that makes you sweat.

You definitely need to be aware of what is fact and what is fiction. There is so much information out there regarding acne it can hard to keep everything straight.

The acne myths presented here are only the tip of the iceberg; there are numerous other false information that can lead you astray if you follow them. The important thing to know is that you should avoid these common incorrect beliefs if you really want to cure your condition. Especially the ones that make little sense when you think about them. If they don't sound true, they probably aren't. Oh, and it's not the fat in the foods that give you acne, it's all of the preservatives that's in them, and the fact that most of the food American's eat today is too over-processed.

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