For decades there have been volumes written about the causes of acne. However, thanks to scientific research, facts about blemishes have changed.
Here are some common misconceptions:
- Chocolate, pizza, peanuts and fried foods are no-nos for everybody. The new school of thought on food intake is that some people react to foods they eat; others do not.
- The sun (or a sunlamp) is good for acne. Exposure to the sun may dry up pimples, but it hardly seems worth it when you weigh the cons: Sun exposure (especially burns) can cause skin cancer and will lead to premature aging.
- Acne will go away by the time you hit age 30. Unfortunately, many adults suffer from acne well into their 50s and older.
- Acne is caused by poor grooming. The presence of acne does not mean your face is dirty.
- Abrasive cleansers are good for acne. Doctors find that harsh exfoliants usually aggravate acne.