Acne Treatment Myths
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Acne is a skin condition that almost all Americans have dealt with at some time in their lives. In fact, almost 90% of teenagers have suffered from acne. There are various treatments for acne and various myths attached to each one. Patients seeking treatment for acne will need to separate fact from fiction in order to find the treatment plan that is right for them.
Myth #1: Scrubbing your skin hard will get rid of acne.
Most people enjoy the feeling of having a deeply cleansed or “squeaky clean” face. This may feel good, but is not always in your skin’s best interest. Abrasive soaps and scrubs can do more harm than good by irritating the skin and causing inflammation, ultimately leading to more breakouts. It is best to use a gentle cleanser.
Myth #2: You should use an ultra-drying skin product to treat acne.
While it is true that excessive oil is not good for the skin, excessive dryness is not good either. The skin needs moisture to prevent dryness and cracking. Also, from an aesthetic standpoint, dry and cracked skin does not look very attractive.
Myth #3: Using multiple topical treatments will get rid of acne faster.
Using too many acne medications can be harmful to your skin and may result in excessive dryness, cracking, or peeling. Patients should follow all directions for using their medications. Patients should also remember that it may take some time to reach the desired results. Adding in more medication will not help.
Myth #4: There is nothing that you can do about acne. You have to just deal with it.
For some people, acne is not something that will just go away with time. There are multiple treatments including oral and topical medications and lasers that can, in fact, clear the skin. Almost every case of acne can be cleared with the proper treatment.
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The physicians at Skin and Laser Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ are available to consult you about acne treatment options. Contact them at (646) 461-8550 in New York or (201) 299-4521 in New Jersey.