Top 10 Acne Myths and the Truth about Living with Acne

In case you were wondering what’s true and what’s a myth when it comes to acne and the causes of acne and pimples, we’ve polled the experts for a clear explanation of acne myths and truths. Knowing the acne myths and truths can help you to protect your skin from breakouts and to know what to expect if you do suffer from acne.

Living with acne can be a frustrating experience and a problem that doesn’t necessarily go away on its own. You can try a number of techniques to alleviate severe acne or consult your physician for medical grade acne remedies. In the meantime, consider learning as much as you can about living with acne, its causes, and all the acne myths to help you best deal with the condition.


Acne Myth 1:  There is a cure for acne.
The Truth:

“There is no cure for acne,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, CEO of Herborium Group, Inc., a Botanical Therapeutics® Company. “However, through the consistent use of treatment and remedies acne can be controlled or prevented.”

Acne Myth 2: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
The Truth:

“If you believe this myth, and wash your skin hard and frequently, you can actually make your acne worse,” explains Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin, and a day’s accumulation of dust on the skin looks unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry — and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.”

Acne Myth 3: Insurance won’t cover a cosmetic issue like acne.
The Truth:

“No, acne is a medical condition which is usually covered by most insurance companies,” says Dr. Joshua Fox. “It is a condition that can affect the way people look and feel. There are many potential complications including infection, pain, skin discoloration and scarring. Fortunately, it is not a serious threat to a person’s physical health.”

“Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “However, acne can result in permanent physical scars — plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.”

Acne Myth 4: Acne must run its course.
The Truth:

“The truth is, acne can be cleared up,” Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski shares. “If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. With the products available today, there is no reason why someone has to endure acne or get acne scars.”

Acne Myth 5: Better facial cleansing can alleviate acne.
The Truth:

“Facial blemishes are not caused by dirt,” notes Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Contrary to what you may have seen in commercials, pores do not get blocked from the top down due to ‘impurities’. Rather, the walls of a pore stick together within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from preventing acne, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash very gently with bare hands, and only wash twice a day.”

Acne Myth 6: Stress triggers breakouts…. and four more acne myths.


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