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Acne Treatment

Before considering your acne treatment, it is important to know a few quick facts about acne and its treatment.

No direct link has been established between acne and diet (pizza, nuts, sweets, chocolate etc)

There is no direct link that diet can cause acne, however eating a healthy diet is beneficial to your skin and overall health.

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Acne cannot be cured but it can be effectively treated and controlled (see acne treatment).

There is widespread belief that antibiotics safely and effectively treat acne, however low doses of antibiotics, mostly given for the treatment of acne, are linked to MRSA, something which is becoming a huge problem in many hospitals.

People often think that their acne treatment doesn't’t work because when they stopped the treatment the acne came back. All acne treatments should be used for at least three months and continued even if the acne has disappeared.

There are also unwanted side-effects associated with roaccutane known to cause depression and even suicide amongst its users.

75% of people are unhappy with their acne treatment.

Acne is NOT a result of poor hygiene

Dirt and surface skin oils do not cause acne. However, accumulation of daily dirt on the skin and excessive skin oils should be removed by gently washing your face twice a day with a suitable cleanser, pat dry and use an appropriate acne treatment. Many acne treatments strip the skin of essential oils and moisture often making acne worse and causing stress to the skin.

Constant washing does not improve acne

Constant washing does not improve acne. Excessive scrubbing dries and irritates skin further and can actually make your acne worse.

Getting a tan does not clear acne

Although there has been little scientific evidence that sunlight has any reliable beneficial effect on acne, and even less evidence for the benefits of solariums; nevertheless, there has been a resurgence of interest in effects of sunlight on acne. Before recommending such acne treatment one should carefully evaluate any positive effect of using sunlight in acne treatment against the possible long-term carcinogenetic effects of ultraviolet light on the skin. In addition, some studies have shown that acne treatment using sunlight can even worsen acne.

Not only teenagers can have acne, adults get acne too (adult acne)

Even though, acne vulgaris is mainly a skin disease of teenagers; the prevalence of acne in teenage boys and girls is so high that acne is considered almost universal in this age group; nevertheless, adults suffer from acne, too.

Acne should be treated and controlled, do not just "let acne run its course"

Even though, in most cases acne will “run its course”; untreated acne can leave you forever with unaesthetic acne scars, reminding you about your teenage acne skin problems for the rest of your life. There are multiple acne treatments available; therefore acne should be treated and controlled, avoiding any potential unaesthetic acne scars in the future.

Stress does not cause acne, but it can exacerbate the existing condition

A study of 215 graduating medical students showed that 67% believed that stress plays a role in acne exacerbations. Anxiety was considered an acne-exacerbating factor by 74% of students and their relatives. There is also evidence that stress may exacerbate acne during examinations. It has also been noted that treatment with biofeedback mechanisms is useful in some acne sufferers.

Exercise does not increase risk of acne

According to Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford.edu) research and contrary to popular beliefs, exercise and sweating does not increase acne in athletes. However, some people notice their acne gets worse after exercise, especially on their back. This is probably a combination of reasons; increased sweat which can lead to a blockage of pores, creating blocked follicles which are ideal for the acne bacteria to grow.

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