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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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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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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Another Dose of Acne Myths

There are so many acne myths, it's hard to separate fact from fiction. That's why you have our handy guides on myths about acne to make sure you don't get drawn into false webs. We all know the common myths about things like chocolate, but there are some that are a little harder to keep track of.

So here are another batch of myths about treating acne, causing acne, and the best acne solutions.

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Popping Zit Myths

Never trust acne myths. That's an easy rule to follow, and one that can keep you from making terrible mistakes that make bad acne worse. Of course, the trouble comes in once you realize there are so many acne myths out there -- and they're so mixed up with genuine acne treatment -- that it's incredibly difficult to tell what works from what doesn't.

Obviously, this site is a great place to find out the truth behind many of the worst acne myths around. But if you only have a few minutes, make sure you avoid the following common mistakes -- things people often quote when discussing how to get rid of acne that will actually make things much worse.

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Acne: 4 Myths of the Perfect Acne Treatment Product

Believing the wrong information about acne can hinder your acne treatment process. Getting misinformation from friends, parents, and the Internet can not only prevent you from getting the beautiful, clear skin you so desperately want, but can make your breakouts longer than usual and make your skin look worse than ever.

Take this quick little test and see if you've believed any of the myths about acne. Learn the truth and get on the right road to clearing your acne fast.

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All Grown Up and Still Suffering from Acne?

You're all grown up but you're still suffering from acne. When is it going to end and what can you do about it? If you're an adult wondering these very things, here are some helpful tips for treating adult acne and the causes.

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Helpful Tips for Acne Sufferers with Dry Skin

When you have acne, skin care is especially important. To fight acne, the products you use can be very hard on your skin, drying and cracking it. The only thing worse than acne is to have cracked, dry, red skin to go with it. To avoid this, try these helpful tips.

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Wacky Acne Myths

Don't Believe These Myths About Acne

People are good at conjuring up explanations for any number of ailments, and acne is no different. Teenagers and adult acne sufferers are likely to be bombarded with unsolicited advice (from family, friends, and even complete strangers!) regarding the causes and cures for their acne. While it may be hard to bite your tongue, rest assured that most of the common acne myths have no supporting scientific evidence.

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Diet and Acne: We Told You So, We Told You So

Diet Does Indeed Affect Acne

Oh they swore it was an old wives tale - they insisted that it was hogwash - the majority of the medical community refused to admit that diet could indeed play a role in acne breakouts. Well my friends -- those of us who knew the know-it-all doctors were wrong -- our time has come. According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition diet does indeed affect acne.

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Does Dirt Really Cause Acne?

The Truth About Dirt and Acne

People used to think that dirt caused acne. Then there were thousands of "experts" who said it didn't. So who's right and who's wrong? They both are. Dirt may not be the only cause of acne, but it can definitely contribute to the condition. Here's what you need to know about dirt and acne.

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Are Oral Contraceptives Really A Good Acne Treatment?

What You Need To Know About Oral Contraceptives and Acne

Commercials and advertisements have been insinuating that oral contraceptives may actually help aid those who suffer from acne, but is it true or just another hopeful myth? If you've been considering oral contraceptives due to an acne condition, there are some facts you need to consider.

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So Does Cola Cause Acne or Not?

The Truth About Cola and Acne

So, you want to know if everything you've heard about acne and soda is true? Does soda cause acne or not? Are the naturalists right, or should we believe the dermatologists? Forget what the so-called "experts" tell you my friend -- soda can indeed cause acne breakouts.

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Can Stress Really Affect Acne?

The Truth About Acne and Stress

Stress can do a lot of things -- increase blood pressure, trigger migraines, induce depression, but can stress actually contribute to acne? While the medical community may debate about the effects of stress on acne, the facts might just surprise you.

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Does Popping Acne Really Speed up Healing Time?

The Truth About Popping Acne

Acne sufferers are often faced with a tough question. Should they or should they not pop their acne blemishes? Some say yes, some say no. Some say it makes you heal faster, others say it causes scarring. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Read on to find out.

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Can Your Job Affect Your Acne?

Acne and Fast Food Employment

There are many myths associated with acne, and one of them is that working in certain occupations can make your acne worse. Working in a fast food restaurant has long been thought to make acne worse, but is this just a myth or is it a cold, hard fact? If you want to know the answer, you'd better read on.

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Acne and Salmon

Can Seafood Improve Acne?

Most dermatologists insist that diet has no impact on whether or not a person experiences acne. Just try to tell that to any of the millions of acne sufferers. Many people who suffer from acne-prone complexions report that their personal experiences prove this common myth to be wrong. Most acne sufferers notice flare-ups or improvement in their acne depending on what foods they have been eating. One food that has been given much attention for its impact on acne has been salmon.

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Acne vs. The Sun

Can Sun Exposure Cure Acne?

It has been widely rumored that getting a suntan can cure your acne. If you suffer from acne, you might be wondering if there are any truths to the rumor. Before you go and expose your skin to danger in hopes of clearing up a few blemishes, you may want to get the facts straight.

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Vitamin A and Acne

Are the Myths Vitamin A and Acne True?

If you’re acquainted with some of the many acne myths that abound, you might have heard that Vitamin A can clear up an acne-plagued complexion. So is there some truth to this rumor, or is it just another myth waiting to be debunked? If you want to know more about Vitamin A and its impact on acne, read on.

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Got Acne? Got Milk?

Will Washing Your Face With Milk Cure Your Acne?

If you’ve ever experienced acne, you know that acne sufferers will likely try any remedy to alleviate or cure this often unsightly condition. There have been many remedies that have been reported to alleviate acne. Herbs, vitamins, witch hazel, and calamine lotion have all been touted for their acne-eliminating properties. Oftentimes people will ask me if washing their face with milk will alleviate an acne condition. If you’ve wondered the same thing, read on…

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Is the Sun Good For Your Skin Or Bad For It?

What Does The Sun Really Do For Acne?

At one time or another you’ve probably heard the myth about the sun and acne -- the one that says if you sit out in the sun or make use of a sunlamp your acne will subside or go away. Unfortunately, though people would like to believe the rumor is true, the sun probably isn’t the best cure for an acne-plagued complexion. In fact, exposing your skin to the sun could be much more harmful than you think.

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Can Olive Oil Help Clear Acne?

The Truth About Olive Oil

If you’re one of the many people who have heard that washing your face with olive oil can help clear your acne, you’re not alone. I constantly have people asking me if this was true. I decided to put it to the test with a few brave friends. Oh, what we go through to get the truth for you…

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Acne and Chocolate: Destined To Be Enemies?

Does Chocolate Really Cause Acne?

It’s not uncommon to see people with acne-prone skin avoiding chocolate as if it were the plague. When asked why, they swear up and down that chocolate can cause acne? Is it true, or are these chocolate-deprived people suffering for no reason?

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Moisturizer and Acne

Why You Need Moisturizer To Fight Acne

Yesterday Nick told you why drying out your skin wasn’t an effective way of fighting your acne. He also touched on the fact that moisturizer isn’t harmful to your complexion and that you might actually need it to help keep your skin clear. He was right.

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How Dry Skin Affects Acne

Why Drying Out Your Skin Isn’t An Effective Acne Treatment

Many people assume that because acne is caused by excess oil, the way to stop it is to dry out the skin. After all, if there’s no oil there to cause an acne breakout, the acne problem will just go away, right? Wrong! This is one of the most harmful acne myths out there. Drying out your skin won’t only NOT get rid of your acne, it can actually make it worse.

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Dirty Skin -- The Biggest Acne Myth Ever

Dirty Skin Does Not Cause Acne

I want to start this blog off my debunking the biggest acne myth on the face of the earth -- dirty skin is not the reason for acne! I cannot even begin to tell you how many people assume that just because someone has acne, they don’t take care of their skin. This is just NOT true. A person can wash their skin twenty times a day, and you know what it’s going to do? It’s going to make their acne worse! So let’s start off by explaining that acne is not a hygienic issue.

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