Acne is a big skin problem. They can be formed by various causes such as hormonal imbalance, genetics, your general health, syndromes or skin diseases such as PCOS, psoriasis, eczema, etc. Acne can be annoying, irksome and rob you of your self-esteem and through some perspectives, make you look unattractive as well. It can take you months or years to get rid of them and even then success isn’t guaranteed.


Since acne can cause so many visible problems, that can continue for years, conspiracies and speculations start developing among people. People, whether professional on the matter or not, start giving opinions through their pseudo-knowledge that give birth to the hurtful and common myths.


Got acne? This article is must read for you then. Here, we will be debunking these not-so-true beliefs with science-backed information.



  1. Poor Hygiene



Acne and other skin conditions aren’t an indication of someone’s hygiene habits. Simple as that. A recent survey on dermatological issues, including acne, showed that more than half of the participants reported the belief that acne was a result of uncleanliness. The marketing of skin care products with “bacteria-fighting” ingredients may also perpetuate the myth.


In fact, our faces have bacteria on them all the time. And most of us have Propionibacterium acnes, which can cause blemishes but can also have protective qualities, depending on the strain.


That’s why some people are more prone to pimples than others. Excess face washing doesn’t help, however, because the bacteria form a biofilm. Instead, too much cleansing can lead to more issues.

  1. Acnes are contagious


People with skin problems shouldn’t be feared or left aside. The truth is you can’t “catch” acne from touching or being close to someone who has it. Again, we all have bacteria on our faces. An issue that may look like acne can arise, however, if you contract Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).


But you can contract MRSA from anyone who is a carrier of the bacteria, including yourself, regardless of whether they have acne. Typically, it’s passed through compromised skin, like a cut or sore. Conditions like psoriasis, lupus, rosacea, and eczema also aren’t contagious.

  1. Sunscreen makes Acne Worse


It’s all about picking the right sunscreen. There are two types of sunscreen; chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen absorbs the UV light while Physical reflects it. Chemical sunscreen can cause irritation and inflammation due to harmful reactions. So, if you’re prone to acne, use a physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide as an active ingredient which ultimately is beneficial for the skin because it can kill acne-causing bacteria.


  1. Acne is caused by not washing your face enough


Wouldn’t it be great if pimples washed away at the end of the day like dirt? Over-washing can actually exacerbate the problem. When you wash too much, you strip your skin of its natural oils. This makes your skin dehydrated, so it overcompensates by producing more oil, which can clog pores and make breakouts worse.


Studies show that washing your face twice a day is more effective than just once, but more than that isn’t necessary and can dry out your skin. Cleansers are only on your skin for five seconds. Leave-on products like retinoid creams are more efficacious.

  1. Popping Acne and Pimples is a good idea


Keep your hands away! Because popping is the worst possible thing you can do. People will spend hours trying to get the goop out of skin to heal the acne, but picking your skin is the number one way of getting a scar.


A whitehead can heal within three days if you leave it alone, but it could take months if you pop it. Plus, popping causes trauma to the skin, which can lead to inflammation or infection. We know it’s hard to resist popping a particularly ripe whitehead, but instead of squeezing and scraping, use an overnight spot treatment of benzoyl peroxide or get an injection from your dermatologist if you are in a hurry. Just don’t pick on your skin!

To make assumptions about someone’s health or lifestyle based on the condition of their skin perpetuates myths that scientific research often has no conclusive evidence for. Myths are hurtful, immodest and may cause someone to take unnecessary and dangerous measures to make their skin better, like, consider someone with acne using a harmful cleaner on their face… all because someone accused them of being unclean.


We should stop undermining and expecting them to be perfect. We should not speculate about something we have little or no knowledge at all, for our own sake and for others. Or, at the very least, let’s stop believing that a skin “imperfection” means the human beneath the surface isn’t doing enough for their health.


May we learn and act accordingly and treat each other with more kindness.


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