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Acne Myths

The top acne myths that are untrue. See what is truth or fiction with this common skin complaint.

Acne Myths

Acne is caused by having dirty skin and poor hygiene.

Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface, so the cleanliness of your skin has no effect on your acne. Washing your face more than twice a day could just aggravate your skin.

Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads and spots is the best way to get rid of acne.

This could actually make symptoms worse and may leave you with scarring.

Sexual activity can influence acne.

Having sex or masturbating will not make acne any better or worse.

Sunbathing, sunbeds and sunlamps help improve the symptoms of acne.

There's no conclusive evidence that prolonged exposure to sunlight or using sunbeds or sun-lamps can improve acne.

Many medicines used to treat acne can make your skin more sensitive to light, so exposure could cause painful damage to your skin, and also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Acne is infectious

You cannot pass acne on to other people.

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