Acne - Acne Treatments

Acne is a common problem among teens, and doesn't always clear up by adulthood.  There are considerable problems that can occur with both teen and adult acne, so there are many types of acne treatments for the different types of acne.  Recognizing what is causing the acne is an essential part of treating it, but recognizing what doesn't cause acne can be just as important. 

Through the years, many myths have been passed down about what causes acne or what the best acne treatments are.  This article dispels some of the misconceptions associated with these myths.

It is widely believed that eating greasy, fried foods, or consuming chocolate can cause acne. Numerous scientific studies have concluded there is no connection between acne and one's diet. 

Another myth is you can't wear makeup or shave if you want to have clear skin.  If you have acne, it is okay to use products that are noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic, which means they won't clog pores and cause breakouts.  Some concealers now have benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in them, and are therefore actually a type of acne treatment.

It is a myth that getting a tan is a good acne treatment.  Even though a tan may help cover the redness caused by acne, it won't actually heal or prevent it.  Add to that the risks associated with tanning beds and the sun, and the skin damage that can occur, and this may hurt more than it will help.

It is also a myth that washing your face frequently is the best acne treatment.  Many people believe that the more you wash your face, the fewer breakouts you will experience. While washing your face gets rid of oil and excess dirt, and removes dry skin, washing your face too often can remove some of the essential oils, causing your face to become especially dry and irritated.  While this won't directly cause acne, it will continue to irritate, which will keep it from healing.  By not over-washing your face, you are allowing the body's natural oils to work, but still removing dirt and dead skin which can clog pores and cause acne.

Finally, one of the most common acne treatment myths is that popping pimples will help them clear up more quickly.  While this can make the pimple seem less noticeable, it can actually make the healing process a longer one.  This is because popping a pimple can push the bacteria inside it deeper into the skin, making the surrounding area red and irritated.  Devices designed to help pop your pimples, such as blackhead extractors, aren't safe either, as they can cause scars to form.

There are many other myths associated with acne and what causes it.  It is important to understand what is really causing your acne so that you can choose the best possible acne treatment.  Consult a dermatologist if you are unsure about acne treatments, or if you feel your acne may require medical attention.