If you lived with acne as a teenager, you probably heard all sorts of advice
about why you developed acne and what you should do about it. “You eat too many
potato chips!” “You don’t wash your face enough!” “Cut down on the
The fact is that most of what you thought you knew about acne as a teen --
and much of what you may think you know about adult acne -- is probably a myth.
Here are some common acne myths.
Acne Myth 1: Adults don’t get acne.
Not true. Surveys have found...
Choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne. These products often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help to clear acne sores.
Clean your face gently, as trauma to the acne breakouts may worsen the acne or cause scarring. When washing your face, use your hands, as any terrycloth or other scrubbing material may cause acne sores to rupture.
If you need to use a moisturizer, use only light, non-comedogenic moisturizers, which do not aggravate acne. There are oil-free moisturizers on the market that contain anti-bacterial agents for acne-prone skin. This type of product may be your best option.
If you wear makeup, use an oil-free foundation. Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that block pores may cause a flare-up of acne.