The Truth About Acne

Welcome to Acne Myths, Etc.! If you've been traveling acne's rough road, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. After all the disappointment you've undoubtedly experienced, you've finally found a site committed to telling the truth about acne.

So what exactly can this website do for you? First of all, we're going to help you understand what causes acne and why it's not your fault. Next, we'll explode acne myths -- and there are so many of them!

We're also going to point you to the resources, methods and treatments that will help you finally take control of your acne. That includes letting you know what acne treatments work, why some don't work so well, and why some are nothing more than snake oil wrapped in a package of twenty-first century marketing.

There are three of us who contribute to this website -- all of us from different backgrounds and all with different acne experiences. We're proof that no matter how bad you think your acne is, there IS hope -- and hope is truly a treasure.

First let me introduce myself. My name is Jessica Sawyer. I am not your typical acne sufferer. As a teenager, my complexion was flawless -- absolutely flawless. In fact, I was constantly complimented on how clear my skin was and as far as makeup went, I rarely wore anything more than lip gloss and mascara.

Then, shortly after I turned 29, something odd started happening. I would get a pimple here and there -- not too frequently and not too often. Then it started getting worse. I tried everything -- changed makeup, changed cleanser, paid for expensive facial treatments that cost me more than sixty bucks a pop -- nothing seemed to work.

After more than a year of frustration and hundreds (actually probably thousands) of dollars in acne "treatments" and consistently horrible skin, I finally figured out what I had been doing wrong. And I stopped believing acne myths you likely believe today.

I don't want others to make the same mistakes I made. If it were up to me, everyone would know how to banish acne the minute it reared its ugly head. I'm more than happy to share what I know.

While you're here you'll also meet Nick Dawson. Nick is a great guy. He had horrible acne as a teenager and when he finally did get rid of it, the scars left behind were evidence of what he had suffered. Luckily, Nick was able to heal his scars about effectively as he had been able to treat his acne. Exploding acne myths is a passion of Nick's.

Last, but certainly not least, is Bob Harrison. Bob is my idol -- seriously. He is SO knowledgeable when it comes to acne. He can tell you what causes it, how to treat it, how to keep it away -- if you want to know something about acne, Bob's got the answer you're looking for.

The three of us here at Acne Myths, Etc. are going to be your allies in your war against acne. Look at yourself in the mirror and say goodbye to your bad skin. We're here to make sure you finally know the truth about acne.

Is Acne Contagious?

The classic symptom of acne, the pus-filled zit, makes it clear that breakouts are a type of infection. After all, pus consists mostly of dead white blood cells that sacrificed themselves to protect the body from attackers. And we usually pick up infectious organisms from the outside environment.

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Can Swimming in a Pool Cause Chloracne?

At some point, you may have heard that chloracne (a type of extreme skin condition) can result from swimming in chlorinated pools. Well, chloracne really does exist, and it can be a nasty problem to have to deal with. The real question here is whether the chloracne/swimming pool connection is a myth or not.

Let's take a look at the facts.

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Pomade Acne, a Self-Inflicted Dermatological Problem

As if you didn't have enough to worry about from a skin-care perspective, something as simple as changing your hairstyle can result in an annoying condition called "pomade acne." As you may have guessed from the name, it's the result of over-enthusiastic use of certain hair care products.

What's next, chocolate-related acne? Oh, wait...

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Dealing with Adult Acne

If you're one of the people who believe that only teens are supposed to get zits, I've got two words for you: adult acne. The teen acne myth is so prevalent that when grown-ups do get acne, they may fear that something very serious is wrong with them--that, for example, they've been exposed to a dangerous chemical.

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Treating Acne in Dark-Skinned People: A Few Pointers

While acne is never a fun experience, acne in dark-skinned people often presents differently than it does in their lighter-skinned brethren. For one thing, while it's still just as common, in many cases it's less obvious, so it gets less attention. But that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park.

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Is There a Link Between Acne and Obesity?

Are acne and obesity interrelated, or not? Some authorities have suspected that they are for quite some time, while others have spent decades proving that acne is more closely linked to genetics and specific dietary components, such as sugar or carbs, than to excess weight.

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Acne and Unexpressed Emotion: Is There a Connection?

One of the more interesting ideas we've come across lately is that acne and unexpressed emotion might be causally linked, with the latter causing the former. After all, many young people (the primary sufferers of everyone's favorite skin condition) do tend to be sullen and uncommunicative.

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More Acne Myths to Forget

If you were to ask a group of people experienced with dealing with their acne their foremost beliefs about it, you'd doubtless end up with a distressing number of pure acne myths. Fortunately, you have us to help you separate the wheat from the chaff...without paying high dermatologist fees!

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Understanding Different Types of Acne

There are many different types of acne. I don't just mean how everyone breaks out differently, either: I mean actual different types of acne. They exist, and they really affect how you treat your skin conditions.

Whether you deal with chronic acne or periodic outbreaks, it's helpful to understand causes of acne, types of acne, and all the ins and outs that help you treat -- and prevent! -- acne breakouts.

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What Causes Baby Acne -- And How to Treat It

Baby acne is an unpleasant thing. It's uncomfortable for your child and frustrating for you. As new parents, we want to protect our helpless, adorable babes from pain and suffering, so many parents set out to learn what causes baby acne and how to treat it. But unfortunately, while there are some methods you can use to tackle and prevent infant acne, the best treatment is usually none at all.

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Recent Posts

Is Acne Contagious?

Can Swimming in a Pool Cause Chloracne?

Pomade Acne, a Self-Inflicted Dermatological Problem

Dealing with Adult Acne

Treating Acne in Dark-Skinned People: A Few Pointers

Is There a Link Between Acne and Obesity?

Acne and Unexpressed Emotion: Is There a Connection?

More Acne Myths to Forget

Understanding Different Types of Acne

What Causes Baby Acne -- And How to Treat It

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