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Acne Myths Persist Despite Lack of Evidence

Experts Speak Out to Clarify Acne Misconceptions

Acne: Fact vs. Fiction continued...

Another study of 24 Stanford men showed that there wasn't a significant difference in whether the face was washed once a day, twice a day, or four times a day. "Men who only washed their faces once a day were slightly worse, those who washed twice a day improved some, and the men who washed four times a day remained the same," says Kimball.

Dermatologists recommend washing twice a day with a mild cleanser, says Kimball.

Moreover, while many acne products are sold over the counter, Kimball and Alster say that it is worthwhile to consult a dermatologist before experimenting with these products.

"It is important for anyone who is affected by acne to seek the help of a dermatologist who can diagnose and provide treatment options that are specific to the patient's skin type," Kimball says.

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