Acne Myths 2010 - Part 2

Continued from part 1...

Myth #3: Using a facial scrub will help clear pores and improve my acne.

It's true that clogged pores, or comedones, are the precursor for acne lesions. Unfortunately, scrubbing pores do not "clear" them. This is best left to prescription medications such as retinoids, which act on a molecular level to open up pores. Washing and scrubbing skin vigorously can lead to irritation of the skin and worsening of redness and inflammation. The friction that occurs can also lead to new acne. The best way to care for acne-prone skin is to use a gentle facial cleanser daily and be faithful to the acne regimen your dermatologist has recommended.

Myth #4: Putting make-up on acne will make it worse.

While there are products that can clog pores and cause acne, the vast majority of cosmetics are tested to make sure they do not have this effect, including many foundations. Just be sure to use a product that is labeled both "oil-free" and "non-comedogenic."

Published on 06/24/2010 | Last updated on 10/18/2018