Common Misconceptions (Acne)
- "Acne is worsened by chocolate and fatty
- False. Studies have shown that diet has no influence
on the course of acne.
- However, direct exposure of skin to cooking oils and
grease (e.g. working in a fast food restaurant) can definitely aggravate acne.
- "Acne is caused by dirt and can be washed or
"Acne is due to poor hygiene."
- False. Acne lesions arise from changes within the
- Aggressive washing or scrubbing will cause more
inflammation and scarring.
- "Acne does not usually require treatment because
patients will eventually outgrow it - it is part of growing up."
- False. While it is true that acne usually goes into
remission by the third decade of life, the scarring that results from untreated
inflammatory acne is permanent.
- In addition, acne can lead to psychosocial impairment with
loss of self-esteem, social isolation, and depression.
- "Acne is caused by stress."
- False. Although stressful situations may cause acne to flare, stress itself does not cause