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Everyone gets a pimple every once in a while, but some of us have it worse than others. The word acne is dreadful for many people. Having skin that is prone to breakouts can be stressful, frustrating, and lower self-esteem. You may be always comparing your skin to others and wishing you could have that flawless model skin. Acne is no joke and should be taken seriously. Let’s break down some myths and facts about acne.

Myth: Acne is Caused by Not Washing Your Face

This is completely false, acne is not caused by poor hygiene or dirt. Actually, washing your face too much can be harmful to your skin. It is recommended to wash your face gently twice a day.

Myth: Chocolate and Greasy Food Causes Acne

There is no strong evidence that chocolate or greasy foods cause acne. A healthy diet and good hydration is known to help the skin but it won’t cure severe acne.

Myth: Only Teens Get Acne

Although the teenage years are the most common time to have acne, older people can also suffer from acne. You can develop acne at any time in your life.

Fact: Acne is the Most Common Skin Condition

Acne is a skin condition that causes skin lesions known as pimples. These outbreaks usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Pimples are caused by the skin’s oil glands making too much sebum which leads to clogged pores and / or the production of a bacteria called P.acnes.

Fact: There Are 4 Different Types of Acne Lesions

Comedo or papules are more well known as whiteheads or blackheads and have a white or black bump on the skin’s surface. Pustules or pimples are red at the base and contain pus. Nodules are a more serious type of acne lesion that are deeper and can cause pain and scarring. Cysts are also deep within the skin and can be painful. They contain pus and can cause scarring.

Fact: Acne is Treatable

A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in treating skin conditions. They can work with you to figure out the best treatment plan for your acne. They are able to prescribe medication or skin treatments to reduce acne and improve your skin’s appearance.