9 Acne Myths You Should Ignore


6. Washing Clears Acne

How dirty your face is has little to do with whether you experience acne or not, though it can affect severity. Acne actually starts at the bottom of pores and not as a result of dirt entering from the top. It isn’t clear what insult initiates acne, but it is known that genetics play a role. Washing your face to remove oil, debris, and dead skin is a good idea, but you need to do it gently to avoid causing irritation. Irritation, or inflammation, definitely makes acne worse. Whether washing helps or not comes down to whether it reduces inflammation or increases it. Wash gently and it should help.

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