Myth Busters

Acne Myths Busted

Even though acne is the commonest skin condition, it is also one of the most poorly understood. As a result, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it.

Myth: Acne is caused by a poor diet

Truth: There is no evidence that diet plays a role in acne. Eat a healthy, balanced diet because it is good for your heart and your health in general. However, it will not help your acne.
Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed for causing acne, but there is little evidence for this.

Myth: Acne is caused by having dirty skin and poor hygiene.

Truth: Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface. This means that how clean your skin is will have little to no effect on your acne. However, it is a good idea to keep your skin clean, using a gentle cleanser on your face twice a day, and washing other areas of your skin once a day. More frequent washing will make no difference to your acne and could make your symptoms worse by aggravating your skin.

Myth: Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads, and spots is the best way to get rid of acne

Truth: Squeezing or picking your acne could make your symptoms worse and may leave you with permanent scarring.

Myth: Sunbathing, sunbeds and sunlamps help improve the symptoms of acne.

Truth: There is no conclusive evidence that prolonged exposure to sunlight, or using sunbeds or sunlamps can improve acne. However, there is evidence to show that prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Also, many of the medications that are used to treat acne can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so prolonged exposure could cause painful damage to your skin.

Myth: Acne is infectious

Truth: You cannot pass acne on to other people and the condition is not infectious.