One example is the idea that acne is caused by dirt and vigorous
scrubbing can make it go away. In reality, harsh scrubbing can inflame
the skin and increase acne breakouts. Surface dirt and oil isn't what
causes acne anyway, but rather a combination of oil, bacteria, and dead
skin cells that come from deep inside the pores.
Another myth is that
sun exposure will clear up your skin. While this may appear to be true
initially, the sun triggers increased oil production that can
eventually make acne worse. What's more, it leads to premature aging of
the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer. Then there's the story
about chocolate and pizza making your face break out.
If you like such
foods, enjoy them in moderation. They've never been proven to affect
acne. Still another myth is that people with acne have to let the
condition 'run its course.' There are many products, both
over-the-counter and prescription, that can improve your skin. Early
treatment can also prevent or minimize scarring.