Acne & Medical Services

Acne Myths

Myth: Popping your pimples is the best way to get rid of them

Wrong! Stay away from that mirror! Popping your pimples pushes germs further under your skin, which can cause more redness, pain and infection. Popping zits can lead to scarring, which could last forever.

Myth: Stress causes acne

Nope! The normal everyday stress doesn't cause acne. If you're going through an especially stressful period in your life, your skin may produce more oil, also known as sebum but that doesn't mean you'll get more zits.

Myth: Tanning clears up acne

Toasting under the sun does nothing to improve or get rid of your acne. Spending time outside makes your skin become darker, the redness caused by acne may be less noticeable for a little while, but when you lose color, you will see your zits again. Exposure to sun without proper protection can dry, burn and irritate your skin increasing risks of developing wrinkles and skin cancer.

Myth: You can get rid of acne by washing your face often

Over washing or scrubbing too often or too hard can dry out and irritate your skin, which only makes acne worse. Washing your face no more than twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser is good because it helps remove dead skin cells, excess oils, and dirt from the surface. Pat your skin with a clean soft towel and steer clear of scrubs, which can irritate your pimples.

Myth: That is what you get for eating junk!

We encourage healthy eating habits at the Skin Center of the triangle, but no connection has been found between acne and poor diets. After numerous studies, experts have concluded that candy and food have no relation and that chocolate, pizza, french-fries and other junk foods have absolutely no connection to acne.