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FACT vs. FICTION: ACNE MYTHS DEBUNKED!

Acne is a skin condition that often causes blemishes, whiteheads, and blackheads. It occurs when excess oil, dead skin, and impurities clog a pore and cause it to become inflamed. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by dirty skin and there is little evidence to support that eating chocolate or greasy foods is to blame. Fact is, there are four main factors that cause acne: excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, and changing hormones. With all of the misinformation that exists about acne, it’s important to address the myths surrounding it before treating it effectively.

Acne Myth # 1

Adults Don’t Get Acne

Although acne is common among teenagers, it can affect people of all ages! Some people can get acne for the first time as an adult, even if they never had acne as a teen, and can continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s.

Adult acne tends to appear in cycles with breakouts concentrated in the chin and cheek areas. Some of the causes of adult acne are likely due to fluctuating hormone levels, certain medicines, and/or genetics.

Effective acne treatments for teens and adults should include product formulas that are designed to help reduce oil, treat acne blemishes, and help prevent future breakouts. Check out our Ultimate Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin to help you chose the most effective solutions for your acne skincare needs!

Acne Myth #2

There’s A Right Way To Pop A Pimple

Simply put, there is no "right way" to pop a pimple. Squeezing and/or picking at pimples irritates skin, increases inflammation, and worse could lead to acne scars.

A better way to get rid of pimples is to target them directly with an acne spot treatment formulated with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid known to be effective on acne by helping refine skin texture and reduce blemishes.

KIEHL’S TIP: Help reduce the appearance of post-acne marks with a dark spot corrector that visibly diminishes the appearance of skin discolorations.

Acne Myth #3

You Don’t Wash Your Face Enough

Washing your face is a necessary step in your healthy skincare routine, but be careful to not overdo it. Cleansing too much can irritate skin and lead to increased oil production, making acne worse.

We recommend washing your face no more than twice a day with a foaming cleanser for acne-prone skin formulated with Salicylic Acid that helps clear acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads and helps prevent new ones from forming.

Acne Myth #4

Never Moisturize Acne-Prone Skin

All skin types, even skin prone to acne, benefit from moisturizing!

Hydrating acne-prone skin is an essential part of your skincare routine. When skin is dry, the body naturally produces more oil that could clog pores and lead to more breakouts. Using an effective moisturizer for acne-prone skin helps balance skin. Try a non-comedogenic blemish fighting moisturizer specifically made to help fight acne blemishes and helps prevent new blemishes from forming.

Acne Myth #5

Blemish-Prone Skin Should Avoid Facial Oils

It’s a common misconception that facial oils will only exacerbate acne, but facial oils are very different from the oil that skin naturally produces. Facial oils are designed to deliver antioxidant properties and hydration to help replenish, moisturize and improve skin’s natural barrier function. Boost your skincare routine by applying 2-3 drops of a non-comedogenic facial oil onto cleansed skin.

Acne Myth #6

Sun Helps Dry Out Acne

It is common to think that the sun helps dry out acne or can make acne look less visible, however, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays has been known to aggravate and darken acne, and may even cause it to last longer. Any exposure to the sun without protection could be detrimental to your skin’s health and the damaging effects are cumulative over a lifetime.

Help to protect acne-prone skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen which shields harmful UVA and UVB rays. Try a lightweight facial sunscreen formulated with advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection. This paraben-free formula is dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin, and non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores.