Most of the things you hear are probably just acne myths that should not be taken into consideration. How to separate reality from myth? Here’s how!
Acne Myths and Facts
Myth: Most people have perfect skin.
This is totally false. You should not feel that you are the only one having acne because this is totally untrue. There are in fact three types of acne; the mild one, characterized by few inflammatory lesions, the moderate type, defined by pustules (these are small elevations of the skin that contain pus) and papules (red or pink lumps), and the severe acne, which may also affect other parts of the body.
Myth: Acne is your fault.
Again, not true. You should know that it is a combination of several factors among which we may include hormones, bacteria, excess of oil, stress or even environmental factors. You probably heard some aunts telling you that you should wash your face daily or take care of what you eat, to prevent acne. They are wrong.
Myth: Sun exposure will help curing your acne.
This is another false statement. At first, sun might appear to be helping you with your acne, it dries up your breakouts and your new tan will help you cover red blemishes. However, you should know that a prolonged sun exposure is what makes acne worse. Why? Because it makes your pores plug, thus producing blemishes or small pimples. Moreover, you should not forget about the risk of skin cancer, because exposing your skin to sun without wearing sunscreen is never a good idea.
Myth: Accutane can cure all types of acne.
This is just false. It is indeed the most successful drug used to treat acne, however it should only be used for severe cases. Its role is to shrink oil glands and stop the pores from plugging. You should also know that there are many people that need a second or a third drug treatment. Also, your dermatologist should monitor the treatment, because accutane can have some significant side effects.
Myth: Acne is seasonal.
Some people claim that their acne becomes worse during summer. Indeed, if you have oily skin, increased temperatures and humidity might increase the oil production of your skin, however, for most people there are not seasons for acne.
Myth: Acne is contagious.
Totally false! Acne cannot be passed from one person to another, so you should not worry about kissing a friend with a severe form of acne because this is a non-communicable disease.