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Clearing Up Mystery Around 6 Acne Myths

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Acne can be frustrating when navigating treatments alone. Influencer blogs. TikTok hacks. What’s really true and what’s just trending? With so much conflicting information online, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. That’s why we’ve decided to debunk these six acne myths and clear up confusion for healthier skin.

Myth #1 | Only Teenagers Can Get Pimples

Acne is not exclusive to teenagers. While it’s true that puberty hormones often lead to acne in adolescents, adults can also experience acne. Adult acne can be influenced by hormonal fluctuations, genetics and lifestyle. Fortunately, effective acne treatments are available for individuals of all ages.

Myth #2 | Stress Causes Acne

Stress can exacerbate acne, but it’s not the sole cause. Stress can worsen acne by increasing hormone levels like cortisol, leading to excess oil production and inflammation. However, acne is influenced by multiple factors, including genetics and diet. Managing stress through relaxation techniques and consulting with a dermatologist is essential for effective treatment.

Myth #3 | Tanning Clears Up Your Complexion

Tanning does not effectively treat acne; in fact, it can worsen it. While a tan may temporarily mask the appearance of acne, it does not address the underlying issue. Sun exposure can lead to increased inflammation and damage to the skin, making acne scars more noticeable. 

Some acne medications can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, increasing the risk of sunburn. For this reason (and many more!), year-round SPF use is essential.

Myth #4 | Dirt Can Cause Acne

Acne is not caused by dirt. It’s true that keeping your skin clean is essential for good hygiene, but over-cleansing or scrubbing your face aggressively can strip away natural oils and irritate your skin. Acne develops beneath the skin’s surface, so simply washing your face won’t entirely prevent or cure it. For an effective face-washing routine, wash your face twice daily and consult our Face Washing Guide!

Myth #5 | Eating Chocolate Leads to Breakouts

While some studies suggest a potential association between high-sugar, high-fat foods (including chocolate) and acne, it’s unlikely that chocolate alone is to blame. Keeping a food log and monitoring flare-ups can help you and your dermatologist identify the root cause of your acne.

Myth #6 | Popping Pimples Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Them

Popping pimples is a tempting but harmful habit with lasting repurcussions. It can push bacteria deeper into the skin, leading to more significant inflammation and the potential for scarring. Instead use gentle, targeted acne treatments recommended by your board-certified dermatologist. 

Create a clear plan for reaching your skin goals!

Charleston Dermatology is here for South Carolina skincare patients. From acne solutions to botox and skin cancer treatments, our board-certified dermatologists are ready to serve your skin health needs. Contact us today to book your appointment and learn more about our cosmetic and medical dermatological services!

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