Wow I Didn’t Know That! Some Acne Myths Revealed

I always do my own research when it comes to changing acne treatments. I got back on the keyboard and discovered a few interesting myths that helped me to look at things a little bit differently. Here are a few of the truths that I have learned through my research that had me saying to myself “Wow, I didn’t know that…”

The Truth: Feeling the acne products effect on your skin is not necessarily a good thing. You won’t always feel the results of the acne product when it is applied. Feeling the product doesn’t mean that it is working in a good way. Some may think that feeling a tingle or a sting when using an acne product is a good thing, when in fact it may be a sign that the product is either burning your skin or the ingredients are too strong. Even worse you may end up having other skin conditions like irritation, dryness or blotchy red spots from the wrong treatment. Don’t judge the effect of a treatment based on how it feels on your face.

The Truth: Over the counter products are not always as effective as prescription acne products. Many people believe that any over the counter product can be just as effective and strong as the ones that you can get via prescription treatments. The product that will work best will depend on your acne severity. It is true that if you have a minor breakout, picking up any acne treatment at the store can help remedy the occasional breakout, however those with chronic or severe acne do not want to just pick something up off of the shelf at the drug store. People with severe acne should consider how some treatments may not work or make the conditions work. It is true that many prescription treatments are stronger and work differently than over the counter treatments, which is why they are available by prescription only.

The Truth: Not all acne is the same. Some people think that acne is acne is acne. This is simply not true. There are many forms of acne, some much more severe than others. Cystic acne is different than mild acne, severe acne is different than a one time breakout and adult acne is different than teenage acne. The level of severity determines the type of treatment you should use. Some treatments will make acne worse and in some circumstances you may want to consult with a doctor or dermatologist to determine the type of acne that you have and the best course of treatment.

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