Top 10 Acne Myths

Myth #1: Washing your face several times a day will prevent breakouts.  This is not going to keep you from breaking out at all.....in fact, it may even irritate your skin.  Acne forms deep within the pore, and you need products that will penetrate inside the pore to prevent acne from forming.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by having dirty skin.  Surface dirt and oil have nothing to do with the formation of acne.  Using the correct products that will get down in the pore and kill the bacteria, along with exfoliating the dead skin is going to clear your acne.

 

Myth #3:  Acne is caused by chocolate and french fries.  While eating certain foods will exacberate acne and make it worse,  these foods are not going to "cause" acne.  If that were true, then everyone on this planet would have acne!  Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores, and either you are prone to it or not.

Myth #4:  Acne is just a cosmetic disease.  Cosmetics cannot cause acne.  They can help make it worse if you are prone to acne, but they will not cause it, as it is a genetic disorder.

Myth #5:  You just have to let acne run its course.  Some people live with acne starting with the teen years and into adulthood.  If not managed properly, it can wreak havok on your skin and cause scarring, and unnecessary feelings of lowered self-confidence.  Why take that chance when there are products and treatments that can get the acne under control?  You should feel good about your skin, and we can help you get there!

Myth #6:  You should spot treat pimples with benzoyl peroxide.  Benzoyl peroxide is definitely the best used as a preventative for acne.  It kills the microcomedones (the beginning of an acne lesion) before it really gets in the pore.  If you just spot treat, you are only treating the existing acne and not all the pores where the acne may be forming. 

Myth #7:  Acne can be cured.  Unfortunately, there is no "cure" for acne.  However, acne can be controlled by using the right products for your type of acne and used the correct way.  I can help you determine what would be best for your type of acne.

Myth #8:  Rubbing alcohol can cure acne.  While rubbing alcohol may be able to dry out existing lesions, it has nothing in it that can prevent acne from forming in the first place.  It can burn and irritate the skin, which might make it feel worse than dealing with acne.  There are much better alternatives than spot treating with rubbing alcohol.

Myth #9:  Moisturizer will make you break out.  Most people with acne are afraid of moisturizers, with good reason.  There are many moisturizers out there with pore-clogging ingredients in them.  My moisturizers do not contain any of those ingredients, and are safe and necessary to use while on the program.

Myth #10:  Products need to tingle or sting to make sure they are working.  While you do need strong products to get acne under control, you should never feel uncomfortable when using acne products on your skin.  If your skin is well-hydrated, you won't have a burning sensation.