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Acne myths

There are plenty of myths surrounding the subject of acne that simply aren't true.

So if somebody's said you've got acne because you don't wash properly or eat too much chocolate, now you'll be able to set the story straight.

Myth - Dirty people get spots.
Truth - Dirt or grease on the skin doesn't cause acne. Although it's good to wash your skin regularly, you shouldn't over-wash.

Myth - Chocolate and chips cause acne.
Truth - There's no evidence that chocolate and fried foods cause acne, or make it worse. However, some people find that cutting junk food and alcohol helps. Eating a healthy balanced diet is good advice whatever your skin is like.

Myth - You should squeeze out those spots.
Truth - You will never get rid of acne by squeezing or picking spots. You can end up spreading the bacteria, helping spots to form somewhere else. Worse, the squeezing might leave you with scars.

Myth - You're too dry for spots.
Truth - It's not true that people with oily skin are spotty and those with dry skin aren't. Using a moisturiser is good advice for all acne sufferers, but especially for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Myth - Make-up makes spots.
Truth - Cosmetics don't generally affect acne, though there are some skin products and hair oils that may create blackheads. Take off any make-up before bedtime and use products that are 'non-comedogenic' (non-spot forming).

Myth - Only teenagers get acne
Truth - it's not just teens that suffer with acne, adults get it too. Whilst some acne can clear over time, targeting it early with an effective treatment can improve the chances that it will go away.

Myth - Acne drugs don't work
Truth - acne treatments do help to clear spots. There are only a few drugs, like corticosteroids and anti-epilepsy drugs that can make it worse. If you think something you're taking is affecting your skin, speak to your doctor.