9 Common Myths about Acne

New York City and Manhattan NY

If you live in New York City and are dealing with acne, you are not alone. Millions of people battle the embarrassing effects of acne every day. While this common skin condition is associated with teens, it can affect men and women of different ages throughout life. Dealing with acne on your own may not yield the results that you want. However, there are common myths about acne circulating around, and NY Skin RX is here to set the record straight.

  1. Scrubbing your face harder gets rid of acne.

False! Scrubbing your face shouldn’t be like you are cleaning a tennis shoe. The harder you scrub has no effort on how much acne you have or won’t have. While following a good skin care regimen may help lessen the severity of your acne, scrubbing too hard may only end up damaging your skin. Instead of scrubbing, gently wash your face twice a day using a mild soap and warm, not hot, water. Pat your face dry with a towel and follow through with the rest of your skin care regimen.

  1. Acne treatments don’t work for everybody.

False! With today’s advancements in the field of Dermatology, nearly every case of acne is treatable. If you aren’t seeing the results that you want treating your acne on your own, it may be time to see a board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan.

  1. Delaying treatment is better for me, and it saves money.

False! The sooner you begin treatment at the first signs of acne, the better the outcome. Plus, it will save you money in the long-run as treating a small area of acne requires fewer creams or other treatments. Managing acne, however, may be a long-term commitment for some people.

  1. My pillowcases and sheets have nothing to do with my acne.

False! Bed linens, especially pillowcases, should be changed weekly to prevent aggrevating acne or causing breakouts. Bed linens contain a lot of dead skin cells and bacteria, which could clog pores and lead to more breakouts.

  1. Wearing makeup causes acne breakouts?

Well, it depends. It comes down to wearing the right kind of makeup. Wearing makeup that is oil-free, non-comedogenic, and non-acnegenic, should not clog your pores. However, applying cheap cosmetics that do not come backed by these guarantees may, in fact, aggravate your skin and lead to more breakouts.

  1. My acne will go away once I’m out of my teen years.

False! While the teenage years are the most common time in life for dealing with acne, this skin condition can plague people well into their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even beyond. If you are prone to acne, it probably won’t go away on its own. You will need to either adapt to an effective skin care routine at home or in some cases, seek medical help by seeing a dermatologist.

  1. Acne can be cured overnight.

False! Do not fall into what marketers want you to believe, that applying a simple overnight potion can cure acne. This simply is not the case! Treating acne can take some time, but your due diligence will have you seeing results in no time.

  1. Tanning beds help clear acne.

No. Just no. Tanning beds do not help clear acne. Not only will your acne be left untreated, but tanning beds also increase your odds of a skin burn, and skin cancer.

  1. Popping pimples makes them go away faster.

False! Popping or picking at zits and pimples actually makes them worse. Also, you run the risk of causing an infection since fingernails contain a lot of dirty bacteria. If you have pustules that need attention, see your dermatologist and resist the urge to pick at the spots on your face.

Dealing with Acne in NYC

If you are interested in learning more about how NY Skin RX treats acne, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office by calling (212) 288-3200.

NY Skin RX serves the New York City areas of Manhattan and the Upper East Side.

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