Odds are, almost every one of us has dealt with acne at some point. Breakouts can leave you feeling like having clear skin will just never happen and that it’s impossible to get rid of those pesky pimples. There are so many myths about acne out there, and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. Knowing what is really true about acne and what is false can help you take the right steps to clear up your skin, and it can also help prevent future breakouts. Here are some common myths.

  1. Constantly washing your face prevents acne: Wrong! Over-washing your face and scrubbing it can also make you break out. It causes your skin to produce more oils because it is trying to over compensate for the oil you washed off.
  2. Acne is just for teenagers: False! When we are out of our teen years, our acne doesn’t magically disappear. The facts are that 95% of teens get acne, and 40% of adults have it as well.FullSizeRender (21)
  3. The sun cures acne: I had a friend tell me that the reason she went to the tanning booth was because it helped clear her acne. That is a myth! Sun exposure may mask the appearance of acne by tanning your skin, but it definitely doesn’t cure it! Plus, too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer.
  4. Your diet has nothing to do with acne: Many medical studies have proven that diet and acne are linked. Foods that can cause acne flare-ups are refined sugars, carbs, and dairy.

If you are having frequent breakouts, check with your dermatologist to see what your best course of treatment is! Everyone’s skin is different, so everyone’s treatment is different!

XOXO, Chels