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5 acne myths

Dr. Jennifer Rayburn, internal medicine practitioner for Saint Thomas Health, reveals five acne myths you might not know.

  • The more you wash your face, the clearer your skin will be
Washing your face does clear up your pores and removes oil and dirt but washing too often can cause your skin to become dry and irritated resulting in more breakouts.

  • Tanning clears skin and limits breakouts
Tanning may temporarily halt acne but in the end the sun/UV exposure can cause your skin to become dry and irritated and result in more breakouts in the future. When tanning, try using non-comedogenic products which don’t clog your pores like other products do.

  • Wearing makeup causes acne
This is not true. You can still wear makeup and have clear skin as long as you are using the right products. Use products that are nonacnegenic or foundations/concealers that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide – these products fight acne

  • Popping pimples will make them go away faster

Although popping a pimple makes it seem less noticeable temporarily, you are actually causing it to stay around longer. By popping pimples you can actually push bacteria and other agents back into the infected area. Popping your pimples can also cause scars or dark marks once the pimple heals.

  • If your acne won’t go away using more medication will make the acne go away
Acne medications contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which if used excessively can cause your skin to become irritated and dry. Use the medications in moderation.

Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral or call 615-284-1450 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rayburn. 

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