8 Myths About Acne and What You Can Do to Treat It!

Acne isn't just for teens -- find out what's fact vs. fiction when it comes to acne breakouts and how to control them (9 Photos)

Jeanine B. Downie on Feb 29, 2012 at 5:29PM

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8 Myths About Acne and What You Can Do to Treat It!

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Myth: You'll Have Less Acne if You Wash Your Face More

Fact: Since acne isn't caused by dirt, it can't simply be washed away. Facial cleaners with ingredients such a benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur compounds can help treat acne, but an abrasive soap won't help clear up acne any better (or faster). Harsh scrubs and cleaners can actually irritate your face by stripping skin of its natural moisture, often causing "rebound" oiliness as your skin tries to balance the dryness.

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