13 Most Common Myths About Acne


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Acne or Pimples are the skin conditions caused due to clogged oil and dead skin cells in hair follicles that are tiny holes on the skin. The common term of acne breakout. Acne can also be caused by hormonal changes, medications, oil, or bacteria. Pimples cannot be cured at home. You need to consult a doctor depending on the severity of the acne.  Blackheads and whiteheads type of acne can be treated at home as they are noninflammatory but cannot be completely cured. Papules, pustules, nodules and cysts are inflammatory types of acne caused mainly by bacteria. There are many rumors and myths about acne and pimples out there which are mostly not true.


We have heard many myths about acne like what causes acne, how to deal with them or what makes acne worse. Such as ‘you are not taking care of your skin or eating french fries has caused the big pimple on your face’, but in reality, they aren’t true. Here are some myths you have heard about breakouts.

Greasy food

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 Many people think that eating oily food can cause acne but in reality coming in contact with grease can cause acne, not greasy food.


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Eating chocolates can cause acne is a myth. There is no proven link between chocolate and acne.


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 Dirty skin doesn’t cause acne. In fact,  scrubbing the skin too hard and cleansing with harsh soap or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse.

Show up only on face

acne shows only on face
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Acne is noticeable only on the face but they may occur anywhere on the body. Acne can appear on back, shoulders, chest, legs, thighs, and many more places on the body.


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 If you use oil-free makeup that doesn’t clog the pores and removes the makeup before going to bed at night will not worsen the acne. Oily cosmetics can interfere with the effectiveness of the acne drug.

Only Teenagers get pimples

only teenagers get pimples
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 It’s a myth that only teenagers get Pimples. Acne is a common problem that is faced by all age groups. Yes, mostly teenagers get acne but adult people also can have Pimples.

Popping Pimples

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Popping or squeezing the pimple only makes it worse. Popping doesn’t make them go away. Instead, it will make acne more inflamed and infected.


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Getting tanned can clear up your skin. No, instead prolonged exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light from tanning devices may irritate the skin and can cause more acne. Also, this can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Cures on its own

pimples cures on it's own
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Pimples don’t cure on their own. Pimples caused by bacteria need proper medication treatment. Without treatment, it can worsen.

Washing face more

washing face more
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 We hear that but washing our face more often can fewer the acne but instead washing leads to dryness and irritation that causes more breakouts. Even though washing can remove dirt and oil from pores.

Pimples form overnight

pimples form overnight
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We notice our pimples when we see it by the naked eye. But the acne process is long, starting from clogged pores to inflammation caused by bacteria. That’s why pimples are not formed overnight.

Skincare products cure Pimples

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This myth is false. Some skincare products can help you to decrease acne but they can’t cure acne. Acne will appear again no matter how expensive products you use on your face.


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Many suggest that toothpaste is a great way to cure acne but it’s not. Toothpaste can be harsh on the pimple. Toothpaste is only meant for teeth.


There is lots of information and misinformation about acne out there. There are home remedies and how to deal with acne all over the internet. But some of them are just not true. Before you treat your acne make sure you know the facts about it and not the friction. Consult a doctor if you have a severe type of acne.

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