Despite being a well-known condition that affects millions of people around the world, there are still a number of misconceptions that are commonly associated with acne.
Facts: The triggers of acne occur under the skin, therefore how clean your skin is has little effect on your acne. It is recommended that you wash your face with mild soap twice a day. Excessive washing should be avoided as it can aggravate your skin, making symptoms worse.
Fact: There is no evidence that your dietary intake causes acne. Although it is always recommended to have a healthy and balanced diet in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent future heart problems, the common belief that certain treats like chocolate actively cause acne has never been proven.
False: Although acne is common amongst young people and teenagers due to their hormones which produce excessive amounts of sebum, adults can still get acne well into their 30s, 40s, or even 50s.
Fact: Excessive touching of your face can spread bacteria and therefore cause acne to spread. Squeezing or picking whiteheads, blackheads, zits, pimples or any other form of acne can make symptoms worse and can potentially leave scarring.
Fact: Having sexual intercourse or masturbating has no effect on acne at all
Fact: Acne is not infectious and cannot be passed on from person to person.
Fact: There is no evidence to suggest exposure to sunlight or frequent use of sunbeds can improve acne. In fact, overexposure to sunlight can potentially cause severe damage to your skin. Skin cancer can also be a risk through excessive sun exposure.
Fact: Make-up that is water based, oil free and non-comedogenic can be worn by those who suffer from acne. However, it is important that you remember to remove your make-up before bed to prevent blocking your pores.