Myths & Facts – Acne

January 27, 2023by admin
Check some myths and facts about Acne.

It is estimated that 80 percent of all people will have an acne breakout at some point in their lives.

The diagnosis of acne vulgaris is a clinical diagnosis. However, some laboratory tests may be ordered in some cases where the doctor suspects a hormonal or bacterial imbalance associated with it.

Here are some facts about Acne:
  • It is not the result of poor hygiene. In other words, it does not result from a lot of dirt on the skin or in the pores.
  • Eating “junk food, chocolate or high-fat foods” does not cause acne.
  • It is not a bacterial infection. It is a common chronic skin disease that involves blockage and/or inflammation of the hair follicles and associated sebaceous gland, usually affecting the face, upper chest and back.
  • Acne vulgaris may have a psychological effect on any patient, regardless of the severity or degree of the disease.
Common Myths about Acne
  • Only teenagers get it! Although it most frequently appears in adolescents. This is not true. It can show at any age.
  • There’s one line of treatment only! Wrong. It can present with variable features (whiteheads, blackheads, pus bumps, inflamed nodules/cysts or a combination of all!) and with variable severity, that needs a customized care plan, that includes a combination of a few topical products (such as medicated washes, gels or creams) and possibly oral medications for more severe cases.
  • It clears within a week or so! This is a major myth. Clearing acne takes consistency and persistence. Unfortunately, the improvement is not noticeable overnight and typically takes several weeks. Stick to your doctor’s plan , Don’t believe on the miraculous overnight results shown on TV or the internet!
  • It is caused by dirt! It cannot be traced to dirt or poor hygiene. In fact, washing too frequently or scrubbing too vigorously can irritate skin and make it worse.
  • Eating chocolate and greasy foods causes acne.
  • Stress causes acne! It’s not caused by stress, but stress can make it worse.
  • Popping pimples makes them go away sooner! Quite the contrary: Squeezing pimples and blackheads can lead to additional inflammation, infection and scarring.
  • Getting a tan helps clear up acne! A little time in the sun won’t hurt, but prolonged exposure to the sun or tanning devices can irritate skin.
  • It will go away on its own! It typically does not resolve on its own. Without treatment, It can often progress and worsen.
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