So instead of trying to do the impossible by taking them all up one by one I thought it might be more useful to you to be able to learn how to spot an acne myth for yourself.
Doing this depends largely on you having read and understood on the previous page about What Causes Acne and if you haven’t read that yet now would be a good time to do so.
So let me show you how to do this until you can get the hang of it for yourself.
Myth #1: Getting a Tan Helps Clear Up Acne
No, getting a tan helps you to look good at the beach.
The fact here is that exposing your skin to sunlight improves your skin’s ability to manufacture vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for healthy skin function and if your skin is functioning in a healthy manner it is far more likely to be able to resist other factors that cause acne or at least make you prone to it.
On the other hand, overexposure to the sun can result in irritation due to burning and this can result in actually increasing acne. It can also lead to cases of skin cancer which I guess in one sense would at least take your mind off the acne!
Myth #2: Washing Your Face Prevents Breakouts
No, washing your face makes your face clean.
Washing your face twice per day with an anti-bacterial cleanser designed for acne prone skin will assist you in resisting further outbreaks and help deal with existing outbreaks.
It will not cure acne and it will not by itself, stop it.
Both the presence of bacteria and excessive oil on your skin are contributing factors to outbreaks and they can both be helped by regular cleansing.
However regular cleansing will not address the causes of excessive oil on the skin or why your resistance to the bacteria is low.
On the other hand obsessively washing, scrubbing and generally going crazy with the cleaning will result in the irritation of already irritated skin and make you more likely to have an outbreak.
Myth #3: Popping Pimples Makes Them Go Away Faster
Yes! If you squeeze a pimple and pop it that individual pimple will go way faster.
Not only that but you will achieve that strange sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when that baby pops!
The downside is that you have most likely torn tissue in the deep layers of your skin, significantly increasing the chances of permanent scarring.
At the same time you have probably forced the existing bacteria into that freshly torn deep skin tissue and the acne will not only spread sideways but also at a deeper level.
You will also have spread pus, jam packed full of bacteria, to the nearby areas of skin increasing the possibility of other pores now becoming infected.
And finally, your fingers are now covered with the same toxic mess and any other part of your skin that you touch can become similarly infected… but hey, don’t let that stop you!
Myth #4: Don’t Wear Makeup
Actually I never do… but that’s a kind of “guy” thing.
Wearing make-up does not necessarily cause acne. It can contribute to acne if you use cheap oily products that further contribute to the blocking of your pores.
Make up can also contain a whole range of nasty stuff that can irritate acne affected skin so always look for noncomedogenic (a big word meaning it doesn’t block pores) make up and have a sensible cleansing routine.
Myth #5: Shaving Causes Acne
Cool! Just grow a beard and your acne will cure itself!
The truth is that shaving does not cause acne so therefore logic dictates that: “not shaving” will not cure acne. Just ask my brother.
He had terrible acne so decided to stop shaving and grow a beard. Sure his acne was much better because you couldn’t SEE it anymore… but it was still there.
Acne affected skin is covered in little bumps and lumps and at the same time is in a state of irritation and inflammation from the infection.
Dragging a straight, sharp piece of metal across this uneven surface is not going to help but it does not in itself cause acne.
Therefore, not doing that cannot cure it. Shaving with cold water and doing so with care when your skin is cool will help stop making a bad situation worse.
Myth #6: Masturbation or Sex Causes Acne
Boy, it’s really hard to know where to begin with this one but it is easily my favorite of all the acne myths!
As if going blind, being cast into eternal damnation and growing hair on the palm of your hands weren’t enough, now it causes acne?
This one actually has nothing to do with the causes or cures of anything. This is just about adults stopping those crazy kids going out and having sex all over the place as they are prone to do… apparently.
Not worth discussing any further.
Myth # 7: It’s Just a Stage You Are Going Through
Well yes it is a stage that you are going through but that doesn’t mean you have to sit there and do nothing about it!
The truth is that almost all types of acne can be cleared up. Teenage acne, acne during pregnancy, adult acne, back acne… whatever!
They can all be dealt with and no, you don’t have to sit there and suffer through it.
The only way to effectively deal with it is to find out what is causing it and more specifically, what is causing it in YOUR case.
There really is only one product I recommend on this site for dealing with all types of acne.
The program is called Acne No More and is an holistic (whole or complete) approach to acne, based on an understanding of the four causes of acne, their relationship to each other and how they are affecting you individually and as a group.