In the US alone, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 million people are dealing with acne. Although the issue is very common, there’s a lot of misinformation about there about acne and pimples. Some of that information is just plain wrong. Some common acne myths can be harmful. When it comes to getting clear skin, what you don’t know, or what you think you know, can hurt you.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular misconceptions out there about acne, and set the record straight.
Acne is Just a Teenager’s Problem
It can be pretty easy to see where the myth that acne is something that only affects teens came from. When you’re a teenager and you wake up pretty much every day with a new spot or a pimple on your face, you want to have some idea that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Plenty of people go through their teenage years believing — or hoping–that once they reach their 20s, their pimple problems will go “poof!”
There’s only one problem with that — acne can affect anyone. There are 30-year-olds dealing with breakouts and there are 50-year-olds dealing with pimples. In some cases, a person might have skated through their teenage years without a single spot, only to develop pimples as an adult. That’s known as adult or late-onset acne. Some adults develop pimples or have breakouts because of hormone fluctuations.
You Can Safely Pop Pimples
Popping a pimple might seem like the quickest way to get rid of your spots. You just squeeze and it’s gone. There are plenty of pimple-popping videos online that seem to reinforce this myth.
The truth is, unless you’re working with an aesthetician or doctor who can successfully drain your pimples, popping them is likely to cause more problems than it solves. When you pop a pimple, it can end up bleeding. It’s also more likely to leave a mark. The best thing to do is leave your pimples alone and resist the urge to pick at, scratch or pop them.
You Need to Skip Moisturizer When You Have Pimples
One persistent myth about acne is that it only affects people with very oily skin and that people with very oily skin don’t need to moisturize or use any lotions. The thinking there is that oil automatically equals moisture. The truth is, most people can benefit from a bit of moisturization, even if they have oily skin.
The trick is finding a moisturizer that is designed for oily skin. You also want to choose a product that won’t clog your pores and make your acne worse.
You Need to Cleanse Your Skin MORE If You Have Acne
Another common myth about acne is that you get it because you don’t wash your face enough and that cleansing more, or harder, when you have a breakout, will help clear things up. While pimples do form because of a buildup of dirt, debris and oils in your pores, it’s not necessarily the case that upping your cleansing game will help improve your acne.
In fact, going overboard with cleansing — using a product that’s very harsh, for example, or scrubbing too much with either a brush or washcloth, can cause more harm than good. Cleansing too much can irritate and upset your skin, which might make you more likely to develop more pimples.
You Just Have to Deal With Acne
There’s good news about acne. You don’t just have to sit back and “deal with it.” You have some options for clearing up and preventing future breakouts. For example, if you have severe acne, your doctor might recommend treatment with a laser. Acne laser treatments such as Isolaz use light energy and vacuum pressure to help clear up acne while also helping to the improve the skin. It’s recommended for people with inflammatory, comedonal, or pustular acne.
Other treatment options for acne include prescription strength creams and facial cleansers, as well as oral medications. Your surgeon can help you decide which option will be the most effective for you.
About Dr. Ran Rubinstein
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a board certified plastic surgeon. He offers Isolaz to patients dealing with acne at his practice in Manhattan. Whether your acne is severe or on the mild side, he can work with you and help you choose the treatment that will help clear it up. Dr. Rubinstein offers patients a variety of procedures, from fillers to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.