Clearing up acne confusion

Common acne myths

Acne is the most common condition that dermatologists treat. While assessing which acne treatment is appropriate for a patient, it is valuable to consider the beliefs — the mythology if you will — of patients regarding acne.

Interactions with friends and family,  perpetuate these myths regarding acne. Dr. Joel Cohen from AboutSkin Dermatology clears up some common myths.

MYTH 1 — ACNE IS CAUSED BY DIRT?

- Acne happens when oil glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated by hormones or clogged pores. Sweat does not cause acne.

MYTH 2 - POPPING PIMPLES MAKES IT BETTER?

When you squeeze a pimple, you may inadvertently force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle. Picking your acne can actually increase the risk for scaring.

MYTH 3-- ACNE SCARS CAN'T REALLY BE TREATED?

The best approach is to get treatment for acne soon after it appears to prevent further severe acne and more scarring. In some cases, a doctor or dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to help improve the appearance of scarred areas.