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Top 5 Acne Misconceptions

Acne is one of the most complex skin conditions that someone can experience. There are numerous different kinds, severities, and underlying causes. With such a varying skin condition comes dozens of questions and misconceptions, often brought on by the media or a general lack of education on this skin condition.
However, we’re here to break down the five most common misconceptions to help you better understand and treat them!

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People with acne have poor hygiene

People with acne more often than not do not have poor hygiene. This misconception stems from a stigma and a stereotype around the idea that acne is solely caused by dirt that clogs pores. Whereas hygiene does play a role in the development of acne and the severity of acne, it is rarely the determining factor. Having poor hygiene, including a poor skincare regime, is something you do want to stay away from, but anyone can get acne regardless.

Squeezing my acne helps lesions disappear faster

Squeezing acne will usually not help lesions go away quicker, especially if you have cystic acne or any underlying skin conditions. Whereas popping a small pimple may seem like a good idea since you often see the lesion open and release the buildup, it actually often has the opposite effect.
When you pop a pimple, you are almost guaranteed to spread whatever the infection is underneath the skin, which only results in more acne. On top of that, if you don’t pop the pimple correctly such as with gloves, gently, cleaning and sanitizing the area, etc. you are also likely to spread infection.
Sometimes, if a pimple isn’t ready to be popped, and you forcefully try, you actually end up inflaming the blemish, which results in a painful, enlarged pimple that takes longer to go away.

Acne is just a cosmetic problem and I’ll grow out of it

Whereas this can absolutely be the case (often common in puberty), it is not always the case and isn’t a guarantee. In fact, most people with acne have underlying causes outside of puberty, but don’t realize it until they speak to the best dermatologist! Acne has numerous causes outside of puberty including:
  • Poor skincare regime
  • Skin conditions such as hidradenitis
  • Genetics

Medical treatment for acne is unnatural

There is nothing unnatural about seeking medical treatment for acne, especially if it is caused by an internal issue like hormones, skin conditions, or a reaction to an ingredient of some kind. Whereas there are plenty of natural options you can use to help clear up acne, it’s best to consult a dermatologist first. If acne is not superficial, then you may need medication to treat it, and using natural methods may actually make the acne worse.

My acne is better so I can quit my medication

You should not stop your medication unless you’ve consulted your dermatologist first. Pending the reason that you are on medication, if you stop, your acne could return with a vengeance. Your dermatologist will likely have you lower the dosage first and see how your skin responds. The last thing you want is to undergo that medication only to stop and end up right back where you started!
Acne is a complicated skin condition that comes with numerous questions, misconceptions, and confusion. Now that we’ve put the top 5 acne misconceptions to rest, we hope you have a better understanding of acne and feel more confident in your skincare journey going forward!


Top 5 Acne Misconceptions



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