Acne Frequently Asked Questions
- I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?
Just simply washing your face will not stop acne, no matter how many times a day. Washing your face will remove some of the surface grease and dead skin, which can help reduce the condition. However, scrubbing or washing your face too frequently can cause acne to worsen.
- Does washing my face more often stop acne?
No, washing your face more often can cause acne to worsen if you are being too abrasive. Twice a day with water is recommended, this will remove any dead skin cells and surface grease.
- Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?
You do not have to stop wearing makeup entirely. But try using different makeup brands or types to see if your acne lessens. Try to use noncomedogenic products, these are designed to not clog pores.
- Do birth control pills cause or cure acne?
There are a few birth control pills that have been approved by the FDA as effective in treating acne. These are used to cure acne, there is no evidence to suggest they cause acne.
- I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?
There can be several possible reasons for developing acne as an adult. The most common are stress, hormonal changes, or medication. If you think you think you are currently experiencing any of these, consult your physician for clarity.
- Does eating fatty foods, drinking milk or eating meat cause acne?
While there is no specific scientific evidence to prove the various claims that certain foods cause acne. It is known that some people have reactions to certain foods that worsen their acne. All an individual can do is monitor their acne and if it worsens or lessens when they eat certain foods.
- Why do some adults have acne?
Some adults have acne due to this hormonal balance, medication they are taking, stress, or allergic reactions.
- We’ve all heard it, but is it really true that chocolate can give you acne?
No, there has never been any scientific evidence that chocolate gives a person acne. That’s right, you have no excuse to eat chocolate now!
- Could my acne be related to anemia?
While the testing on this connection has been subjective, anemia may be a cause. You should treat your anemia as the condition can cause a number of other health issues and see if it helps clear up your acne.
- Does the sun help acne?
There is no proven link between sunlight and reducing acne. However, a lot of people report seeing positive results from sunlight. So it does help lessen some people’s acne. You need to sunbath with caution however, the sun’s rays can be damaging for your skin.
- If I’m taking care of my skin, why am I still getting blackheads?
Blackheads are caused by dirt and dead skin clogging am open hair follicle. Even when you are taking acre of your skin blackheads can develop. You can’t clean out the inside of hair follicles with regular washing, dirt is going to build up in there.
- Do men and women differ in how they get acne?
Young men are much more likely to have severe acne. Women rarely have a severe case of acne, and their condition will generally clear up quicker as they age. Women can develop acne later in life while going through the menopause, but again this is not common.
- What kind of cosmetics can an acne patient use?
Noncomedogenic cosmetics have been specially formulated not to block pores in the skin, these products are a lot less likely to cause acne. Other cosmetic products will affect everyone differently, you should monitor your own acne condition while using different products. If you notice an outbreak of acne as a reaction to a certain product, stop using it right away.
- My job is stressful. Is that a factor in acne?
Stress is known to be a contributing factor to acne, yes. If you are stressed you will experience changes in your hormones, as a result you may have an outbreak of acne. There is no specific medication for stress, you need to make some lifestyle changes and reduce the amount of stress you are under.
- When should I make an appointment for my child to see a dermatologist about his or her acne?
First you should try over-the-counter treatments, give these a generous amount of time to see if they are working. If you feel they are not helping at all, or the acne is getting worse you should consult a dermatologist.
- What are the best ways to prevent acne?
There are a number of ways you can help prevent acne, the most common are;
– Keep your face clean, wash your face gently with water twice a day.- Moisturize with noncomedogenic products, this will keep your skin from drying out.- Don’t apply lots of makeup, use noncomedogenic based products and apply as minimal as possible.- Be careful with hair products, hair products can black the pores on your face if it comes in contact with your skin.