1. Adults don’t get acne. Many people are affected by acne well into their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Adult acne may demonstrate a strong hormonal influence and appear along the jawline, neck and chin.
2. Poor hygiene causes acne. While washing one’s face twice a day with a gentle cleanser such as CeraVe foaming cleanser or Cetaphil gentle cleanser is recommended, washing the skin too frequently or with harsh/skin-drying soaps can exacerbate acne.
3. Junk food causes acne. While there is no clinical proof that junk food causes acne, studies suggest that a low-glycemic diet with fewer refined carbohydrates and sugars and high levels of antioxidants promote healthy skin and can reduce sebum (oil) production.
4. Pimples go away quicker if you pop them. Popping pimples prolongs the duration of skin inflammation and can lead to scarring and skin discoloration.
5. Tanning clears up acne. Although a tan can temporarily improve acne, the sun can make the skin dry and inflamed. Also, the sun causes premature skin aging and cancer so the long term risk of tanning far outweigh the short term benefit of acne improvement.
If you have acne, make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist so they can evaluate your skin and prescribe the appropriate acne regimen for you.