When treating acne, it’s important to have a solid handle on what works and what doesn’t for your issues. All patients have slightly different acne-related symptoms and concerns, all under the backdrop of typically causes and exacerbators of acne that are familiar to most people who have suffered from it.

At Skintherapy, we’ve noticed that there are unfortunately a number of major myths and misconceptions out there about acne – from what causes it and worsens it to how it can be treated. With our acne treatment services, you’ll be exposed to the truth about various acne causes, plus given the right tools to clear up your latest breakout. Here are a few of the most common acne-related myths, plus the proper information to set you straight.

Drying the Face Will Cure My Acne

Many with acne are aware that one potential cause can be the oils and other liquids found in your skin – this is not a myth, as oils are indeed a common risk factor in acne formation. However, some acne sufferers take this information and run in entirely the wrong direction with is, assuming that if they simply dry out their face and limit the presence of these oils, acne will clear up no matter what.

Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. Drying out the skin doesn’t actually have much of an impact on the pores, which is where these oil concerns are to begin with. In addition, it will create sensitivity and flakiness on the skin, making it both unsightly and uncomfortable in many cases.

Cleaning Alone Will Cure My Acne

Another common misconception with acne is that its only cause is dirty skin – while the cleanliness of the skin does play a role here, it’s far from the only factor. But unfortunately, this myth leads many patients to vastly overdo things when it comes to cleansers, soaps and other facial cleaners. This may actually irritate and worsen your acne rather than clearing it up.

Instead of doing this, target your cleansing properly. Use the right kind of cleanser, including one with benzoyl peroxide or another sensitive material if your skin needs it. You shouldn’t need to perform basic cleansing more than once or twice a day.

Chocolate Causes My Acne

Multiple areas of research have proven that, while chocolate has a bad reputation for causing acne, this reputation is unfounded. Chocolate is not a cause nor an exacerbator of acne – but many other foods, such as those high in salts or iodides, absolutely are. Areas like greasy food (fast food especially), high-fat dairy, kelp and many others should be avoided or limited as much as possible. In addition, if you take vitamins or supplements on a daily basis, check their quantity of iodides and scale back on these if possible.

Sunscreen Has Nothing to Do With Acne

Finally, understand that sunscreen is very important to wear if you have acne, just make sure it does not contain any pore clogging ingredients. Sunscreen stops acne spots from pigmenting, plus provides hydration to the face during the day between cleansings.

For more on debunking the common myths out there about acne, or to learn about any of our acne treatment services, speak to the staff at Skintherapy today.