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Myths about acne may prevent people from seeking appropriate treatment. The most common myths about acne include:- Acne is due to diet. Recent studies have shown that acne is not related to diet, although some people experience an outbreak after eating chocolate. These people form a minority. The majority of people do not benefit from any dietary restriction.- Acne clears up in the early twenties. This rarely occurs and there is no logical reason why it should.- Acne will disappear as soon as you get married. There is no truth in the hypothesis that marriage (does this mean sex?) has any beneficial influence on acne.- Acne will disappear once women have children. This is not always true, although in some women acne does disappear during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, but may flare up after pregnancy.- Vitamin tablets will help acne. Although there was a vogue for vitamin therapy in the treatment of acne, recent scientific trials have shown that vitamins and zinc tablets are of no real benefit. On the contrary, vitamins which contain kelp may promote acne.- Steaming the face will open the pores and get rid of acne. There is no evidence that steaming the face will unblock pores or help clear up pimples. In fact, severe burns have resulted from doing so.- Acne masks and special cleansers will improve acne. Some acne masks contain drying agents, which may reduce the oiliness of the skin but do not remove pimples. Often they lead to considerable irritation. Neither are anti-bacterial soaps of any particular benefit. They remove the bacteria on the surface of the skin, which are not the organisms producing the acne. Anti-bacterial soaps are often too drying and irritating, making the skin more inflamed. It is best to use a mild soap or a fat-free cleanser such as Cetaphil lotion.- Sunlight and sunbathing will improve acne. This is probably the most dangerous myth. Although some people’s acne improves in sunlight, others find it gets far worse. People who have suffered with severe acne as teenagers and spent many hours in the sun are now developing multiple skin cancers. This is not a recommended preventative measure, and certainly skin cancer is not a reasonable substitute for acne.- The use of drying preparations on the skin will cause ageing and wrinkles. This is certainly not the case, as ageing and wrinkles are not related to dryness or lack of oil. Wrinkles and ageing are in fact due to sun damage which causes degeneration of deep skin fibres (collagen and elastin).- Drinking plenty of water will help clear acne. This is not beneficial and only encourages frequent visits to the lavatory.It is not easy to dispel these myths. Magazines and pseudo-medical experts with vested interests promote many of these tales to the poor teenager’s detriment.

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