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Monday 23 October 2017

Debunking myths around acne

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There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds.

Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition.

Some 55pc mistakenly believed acne was caused by not cleaning skin properly. Half thought acne was infectious, and 37.5pc thought the skin condition could be linked to dietary choices.

Acne is a medical condition, so people who suffer from it should not hesitate to seek medical attention for it. There are a number of effective treatments available.

A combination of antibiotic tablets and topical treatments is usually the first treatment option for severe acne. If this doesn't work, a medication called isotretinoin may be prescribed. Many of these treatments can take two to three months before they start to work. It's important to be patient and persist with a recommended treatment.

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