There is a a lot of  Info about acne and its causes and that information tends to be a mixture of both fiction and fact. So, let us look at a few of those things that are being said and see if we can work out the fact from the myth.


First of all there is no direct connection between eating such things as greasy hamburgers and chocolate or drinking too many soft drinks and getting pimples. It is the case however that diet plays an important role in all the body’s systems and so it does have a minor part in whether acne is less or more likely.

For example, greasy foods do not directly translate into rising oil production from the sebaceous glands which adds to acne, although foods which do contribute to an increase in oil production would have an effect. However, iodized salt is the only food substance that has been shown to have any measurable effect and it merely worsens existing acne and does not cause it.


The odds of getting an acne spot increase when a pore gets blocked and bacteria get trapped inside. What this means is that hygiene habits that tend to close the pores can play a role. However this effect is only small and the dead skin cells and bacteria that become trapped and cannot work their way out of the pore are only influenced to a minor degree by insufficient regular face washing.

Nevertheless, once acne occurs then good skin hygiene is particularly important and mild cleansing two times each day with soap and water helps to treat acne and encourage healthy skin in general. Good hygiene is a good idea for a number of reasons although it helps most in treating acne by providing a good surface allowing medications to work most effectively.

Acne spots are greatly influenced by excess skin oil (sebum) production which is triggered primarily by hormones and harsh cleansers applied roughly do not merely clear away this excess oil but also affects the the ability of the skin to handle it.


Because stress tends to weaken the body’s immune system and impact its hormone levels it could be thought that stress should play a role in the onset of acne. However, there is no evidence that stress produces acne, but there is some evidence to show that it may play a minor role once acne has developed.

One of the problems with assessing the role of stress is that people who are suffering from chronic stress normally also suffer from additional health problems that can complicate the picture. Remember also that we are talking here about clinical stress and not just the worries that we all experience as part of the ups and downs of everyday life.


Many people are tempted to raise the dosage of an over-the-counter medication in the belief that if a little medicine can do a little bit of good a lot will do a lot of good. Regretably, this is not the case and it is both a waste of medicine and can actually damage the skin. Always stick to the instructions on any medication and if an over-the-counter medication is not showing signs of working within a reasonable period of time then you should seek the guidance of your dermatologist.

It is also worth noting that there is no such thing as the best acne medicine. We are all different and a medication which proves to be the best acne medication for one person will not necessarily do the trick for somebody else.