MYTH #1: POPPING A PIMPLE WILL HELP IT HEAL FASTER
Popping a pimple will not help it heal faster. Further, it will make it worse, more inflamed and increase the chance of scars. Popping and picking can be very tempting but should be avoided.
MYTH #2: THERE’S ONLY ONE LINE OF TREATMENT
This is not true. Acne can present with variable features (whiteheads, blackheads, pus bumps, inflamed nodules/cysts or a combination of all!) and with variable severity. Your dermatologist will determine the type and severity of your acne and develop a customized plan. This will often include a combination of a few topical products (such as medicated washes, gels or creams) and possibly oral medications for more severe cases.
MYTH #3: IT WILL CLEAR UP WITHIN A WEEK OR TWO OF STARTING TREATMENT
This is a major myth. Clearing acne takes consistency and persistence. Unfortunately, the improvement is not noticeable overnight and typically takes several weeks to a couple months. It is important to not to get discouraged with the lack of immediate results. Stick to the plan and see your dermatologist in follow up visits as directed for any potential adjustments.
MYTH #4: TEENS GET ACNE BECAUSE THEY DON’T WASH THEIR FACES
Dirty skin alone does not cause acne. Many different factors cause acne. However, it is helpful to wash the face once to twice daily with a gentle acne cleanser or a medicated wash if prescribed by your doctor. We also recommend removing the sweat after exercise and greases that can accumulate on skin from certain activities. Avoid harsh scrubbing or washing face excessively, as these can overly dry and irritate the skin.
MYTH #5: GREASY FOODS CAUSE ACNE
Eating excessive amounts of greasy foods may not directly cause acne or make skin oily. The role of diet in acne is controversial and multiple studies have tried to explain it. There is some evidence to suggest that excessive consumption of foods with high glycemic index, certain dairy products and refined sugars can make acne worse. We recommend eating a healthy and balanced diet.