Updated: Aug 25
The dreaded pimple arrives before a first date or your big presentation at work. Pimples tend to show up in times of high stress and seem to come from nowhere. A single pimple may be the least of your worries, as you may have tons of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and zits. There are a lot of myths about acne, and we discuss three of them.
1. It only happens to teenagers.
Acne can happen at any time in your life. Acne can flare up as adults and often is associated with pregnancy and weddings. You cannot get acne from eating chocolate, but stress contributes to flare-ups, and sometimes you eat chocolate when you are stressed.
People of all races and ages get acne. Adult acne can happen with fluctuating hormones and if men are using strong detergents or sometimes just new razors. 30% of adults, both men, and women experience acne. Acne is the most common skin disease. Nearly 85% of teens get some form of acne, but they are not the only ones who suffer from it.
2. I have acne because I am producing too much oil.
Too much oil production may be partially true, but people with all different skin types suffer from acne, not just oily skin. All skin types can develop whiteheads, blackheads, zits, and pimples. Acne is associated with bacteria in your skin, not just too much oil. You may need antibiotics to help clear up your acne, not just more potent facial astringents. The truth is that scrubbing harder or scrubbing longer and even washing your face more frequently can exacerbate acne problems, not diminish them.
3. There is no solution.
When working with your doctor, there will be solutions available. A local dermatologist from Woodbury, MN, Charles Crutchfield III, has treatments and solutions that include lasers. Check out some before and after photography here. It would be best if you continued to search for answers to your acne situation as there are many solutions to this complex problem.
If you find yourself with questions about your acne, you can absolutely ask our stylists. While a dermatologist or family practitioner would need to prescribe any antibiotics for you, regular facials can help with regenerating skin and reducing acne. Facials at HAIRitage can make your skin more resilient and less prone to acne. Call to schedule a facial today or ask about one on your next visit.
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