Myth #1 – you’ve got acne because you don’t wash often enough

Not true at all, and this thought process might even cause people to aggravate their acne.  Wash your face twice a day with a mild soap and then pat your skin dry.  If you scrub too aggressively, or use too harsh a cleanser, you can rob your skin of the essential oils that it needs, causing your body to make your skin oily, causing more pimples.

Myth #2 – you’ve got acne because you eat crap

Ok – crap may not be exactly the medical term, but we’re all heard it before: pizza, chocolate, ice cream, or other fatty foods all cause acne.  This isn’t true at all.  Some people have reported that their skin reacts after eating certain foods, but this is more likely a skin allergy.  Follow a healthy diet plan, to keep your body as healthy as possible.  But with the right acne treatment, you don’t need to worry that what you’re eating will cause a break out.

Myth #3 – you’re acne is just a cosmetic problem

Well, no – this isn’t quite the case.  Many people with acne, from moderate to severe, are affected psychologically by their acne, as they feel that people think more about their acne than their personality.  As, well, the scarring and potential infections can cause actual damage to the skin, which isn’t just cosmetic.  Acne can go away if it’s properly addressed.

Myth #4 – you’re acne will go away when it’s ready to go

Nope – you can make acne play by your rules.  Control the variables that you can; follow a set routine for your skin hygiene, use the acne products that work best for you, and if that doesn’t work, consult with your friendly neighborhood dermatologist.  Treatment for acne continues to improve every day, so there’s no need for you to suffer from it.

Put yourself back in charge of your skin – share this post with your friends so they know that acne doesn’t have to leave its mark on them.


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