There are so many myths regarding the development and treatment of acne and the first step in understanding the condition is dispelling the myths

Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene

Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene in acne is to gently wash your face twice a day with a mild non soap acne cleanser and pat dry.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by diet

Extensive scientific studies have not found a connection between diet and acne. In other words, food does not cause acne. Not chocolate, french fries or pizza. Nonetheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In that case, avoid those foods. There is some data suggesting a correlation between milk intake in adolescents, mainly women, and the severity of acne.

Myth #3: Acne is caused by stress

The ordinary stress of day-to-day living is not an important factor in acne. There are certain medicines that are used to treat stress that may aggravate acne.

Myth #4: Acne is just a cosmetic disease

Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health. However, acne can result in permanent physical scars–plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.

Myth #5: You just have to let acne run its course

Due to advancements in laser therapy, there now are treatments for acne that has been resistant to all other means.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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