Some people that suffer from Acne like to learn everything they can about the condition, its causes, and its treatments. That’s me. I spend way too much time roaming the net for tips and techniques and assorted other information about those awful zits that erupt on my face and back all too often.

If you’re like me, you might also be surprised to know there are a lot of people out there who know almost nothing about their condition. Many are laboring under some common myths about Acne. These are time worn beliefs that are totally false. Let’s look at them.

Myth #1: Acne only impacts the young!

It’s amazing how many believe that statement to be true, which may come as a shock to the thousands of adults with acne on their backs, necks, and other oily hiding spots on their bodies. No one can say for sure that Acne has a single cause, but hormonal overproduction of an oily substance called sedum is a big culprit. Excess oil clogs the pores of the skin and leads to all kinds of trouble. There may be more evidence of Acne among the young since hormonal activity is rampant at that stage of life, but adults are not immune.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by the foods you eat.

Forget what you’ve been told about chocolates, sweets, and greasy foods leading to acne. The relationship between diet and acne has been subjected to scientific research and there is no connection.

Myth #3: Acne is caused by inadequate hygiene

If you’ve been told a dirty face or an oily face will lead to acne, you’ve been told wrong. What’s worse, if you believe that and you start scrubbing your face 10 times a day, you’ll make your condition worse.

Myth #4: Acne treatments don’t work

There are some who simply believe the only thing you can do about acne is to let nature take its course. This myth has been reinforced by the fact that available acne treatments don’t work for everybody. There are enough good treatment regimens out there today that almost everyone can find one that works, if they are willing to do a little research and experimentation. If you’re one of the few for whom these remedies are ineffective, see a dermatologist. They is no longer any reason to leave your acne untreated.