Three common myths about acne and two truths


Acne – who needs it?  No one wants it.  It can be, however, a fact of life that many of us have to deal with.  Products and techniques have been fashioned to help ease the burden of caring for acne-prone skin, however there are still many myths around acne, not all of which are true, that we’re going to bust today.


As a condition that’s been around for a long time, myths seem to get perpetuated forward and thrust onto the next generation.  Here are three of those common myths, or misconceptions.

Only teenage skin gets acne.  Wrong!  So not true.  Adults can get acne, too – believe it or not.  Reasons that adults might get acne include stress (see Truth No. 2 below), hormone changes, pollution, cleansing too frequently (see Myth No. 3 below), specific foods (see Truth No. 1 below), and potentially eating too many sugary products.

The sun makes acne better.  Wrong again!  This is a common misconception, the sun and acne can make a bad combination and cause worse break-outs to happen.  Annet King, Director of Global Education for The International Dermal Institute, points out, “Sun exposure will cause dehydration, which in turn stimulates oil production as your skin tries to correct the issue.”  Makes sense!

Acne is caused by not washing your face.  Wrong for the third time.  While washing your face is a practice of good hygiene, if you don’t wash your face, it is not going to “cause” acne.  Washing removes dirt but it does not clear acne.  In fact, too much washing can actually remove much-needed essential oils.


Let’s now look at two things that are true about acne.

Diet affects acne.  Studies have shown that a healthy diet, especially foods rich with zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids can prevent acne.

Stress can aggravate acne.  This is true.  Stress can trigger an inflammatory response from the body and that can cause clogged pores to break.  Topical solutions can help.

Now, let’s look at some products that can help with acne.


This anti-acne solution combines Beta Hydroxy Acids and Alpha Hydroxy Acids to bring a powerful treatment that reduces acne-causing bacteria and helps redistribute the oil production in your skin.


This is a very budget-friendly answer to acne’s woes.  It’s like having four chemical peels at one time, but with no downtime or potential complications.  It is a carbon-based three-part treatment that helps rejuvenate your skin.  This laser peel is a favourite of Hollywood’s celebrities.


This unique and pain-free treatment can eliminate acne scarring, as well as other types of scars, stretch marks, and pock marks.  Gone.  You’re done with them when you allow the micro needles of the Dermapen to do their job.  A series of tiny needles penetrate the skin at just the right places to increase collagen production, which aids in repairing scar tissue.

Regardless of the severity of your acne, solutions, procedures, and treatments can help.  Call us today for a free consultation about which method will be the best for you.


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