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Many people believe that acne is caused by things like not washing enough, stress, and a person's diet. However, these acne myths are incorrect, and in some cases (such as harsh scrubbing of the skin), following the myth can make acne worse.

What Are Some Myths About Acne?

There are many myths about the causes of acne. Some of these link acne to things like:
 
  • Poor hygiene
  • Stress
  • Certain foods.
     

Acne Myths About Poor Hygiene

It is a myth that people get acne because they don't wash enough. Too much washing or scrubbing the skin harshly can actually make the condition worse. And washing away surface oils doesn't do much to prevent or cure acne, because it forms under the skin.
 
The best way to clean the face is to gently wash it twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser. Be careful to remove makeup without harsh scrubbing.
 

Myths Relating to Stress

Another myth is that stress causes acne. Stress does not cause acne, but acne may be a side effect of some medicines used to treat stress or depression. And in some cases, the social and emotional impact of acne lesions causes stress. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have concerns related to stress.
 

The Link Between Acne and Certain Foods

While many people feel that eating chocolate or greasy foods causes acne, experts have not found a link between a person's diet and acne. Foods seem to have little effect on the condition in most people. However, it's important to eat a healthy diet for to maintain your overall health.
 
(Click Causes of Acne for more information on this topic.)
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