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3 common acne myths debunked


(NC) According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, acne is the most common skin condition in Canada, affecting up to 5.6 million  and approximately 80 per cent of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 20 and 40.

Despite being the most common skin condition, there are many misconceptions about acne and how to treat it.

Only teenagers get acne on their face.

Unfortunately, it’s not a given that you will grow out of your acne. Many  suffer from acne well into their 20s, 30s and 40s. Although facial acne is the most common form, 52 per cent of patients with facial acne also experience body acne — acne on the back, shoulders and/or chest.

Eating junk food causes acne.

Diet may impact the acne on your face or body, but it is unlikely that to be the root cause of your acne. Chocolate, fries and other tasty junk foods are okay on occasion, but moderation is key. A mindful diet without processed and refined foods may help acne suffers.

Toothpaste can be a quick fix.

When it comes to acne, there isn’t a quick fix, but acne medications have made great advancements in the last 20 years. Recently, a new topical retinoid treatment was approved in Canada to treatment both facial and body acne. Speak to your doctor or dermatologist to learn more acne treatment options.


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