Acne Truths

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 17 million people in the United Statesincluding adults, teens and preteenshave acne. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the myths surrounding acne in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are many misconceptions about acne. Dispelling these myths is half the battle in the quest for clear skin. Help your child separate acne fact from acne fiction.

Myth: Eating greasy, fried foods or chocolate can cause acne.

Fact: Numerous scientific studies have come to the same conclusion: Theres no connection between diet and acne.

Myth: Popping pimples will help them go away faster.

Fact: Popping a pimple pushes bacteria further into the skin, making the area around the pimple even more reddened and inflamed.

Myth: You cant wear makeup if you want clear skin.

Fact: Your child doesnt have to forego cosmetics, as long the products used are labeled non-acnegenic, which means they wont cause breakouts.

Myth: If you keep getting breakouts, you should use more acne medication until the breakouts stop.

Fact: Using too much medication can actually worsen acne because it leads to dryness, irritation, and more blemishes.

Improve your skin care by learning the truth about acne.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.