Acne myths vs. facts

More than 80 percent of people will have to deal with acne at one time or another in their lifetime. There are a lot of misconceptions about acne and what causes it. Here, we break down some of the more common myths and facts:

Acne is more common in teenagers.

FACT: People of all ages can get acne, but it mainly affects adolescents.

Acne is caused by dirty skin.

MYTH: Acne is NOT the result of dirty skin. Scrubbing the skin too hard or using harsh soaps can actually irritate the skin and promote acne. Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.

If your parents had acne, you’re likely to develop it as well.

FACT: Genetics plays a role in the development of acne.

Stress causes acne.

MYTH: Stress doesn’t cause it, but if you have acne, it can make it worse.

If you eat greasy foods, you will get acne.

MYTH: People often believe there is a correlation between the oils in food and the oils in your skin. If you work in a greasy area such as a kitchen with fryers, the oil can stick to your skin and block hair follicles. This can promote acne.

Certain medications can trigger acne.

FACT: Drugs containing testosterone, corticosteroids or lithium can cause acne or make it worse.

Depending on its severity, acne can significantly affect self-esteem and even scar your skin if you’re not careful. That’s why it’s important to consult with experienced skin specialists to discuss your individual concerns and come up with a treatment plan for clearer skin and a more confident you.

New Look Skin Center offers innovative treatment including eLight Acne Therapy that goes straight to the root of the problem by destroying the bacteria the causes acne. Treatments are convenient, quick and easy, with little to no downtime.

New Look Skin Center also offers corticosteroid injections to treat large, red, painful breakouts called cystic acne. This type of acne can leave permanent scars, so it’s best to develop a treatment plan right away.

If you’re interested in learning more about our acne treatments and ways to reduce acne, call New Look Skin Center to schedule an appointment.

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