Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 40 to 50 million people—and not just teenagers and adolescents. Here are some of the top acne myths I hear in my office and the truth behind them.

1. Myth: Tanning helps my acne.

Fact: Tanning, or spending time in the sun, helps to temporarily dry out existing blemishes. In the long run, tanning increases the likelihood of future breakouts because of this ‘drying out’ effect. Sun exposure dehydrates the skin that triggers the skin’s oil glands to overproduce sebum. This overproduction of oil inevitably clogs pores, and causes even more flare-ups that before. Also, overexposure to the sun greatly increases risks of premature aging, skin cancer, and blemishes. Avoid these damaging side effects, like exasperated acne, by using SPF and a spot treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide, like MD Complete’s Skin Clearing Acne Breakout Treatment With Natural Botanicals, daily.

2. Myth: I can’t use a moisturizer or sunscreen because my skin is too oily.

Fact: It’s quite common for those with oily skin to shy away from using moisturizer and sunscreen—but this is a huge skincare mistake. Everyone, no matter their skin type, should use SPF daily and provide their skin with extra hydration as needed. Choose lightweight formulas that are designed to nourish and protect skin by improving the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leave no residue, and are non-comedogenic (meaning they will not clog pores).  

3. Myth: The red marks left on my face after breakouts have cleared will never fade.

Fact: Once an acne lesion heals, the skin is often left with a residual red mark that is completely normal and part of the life cycle of a blemish. These marks are typically referred to as “post inflammatory hyperpigmentation” and may fade with time. However, this fading process can be sped up with mild exfoliation. MD Complete’s Non-Irritating Pro Peel gently exfoliates skin to help lighten post-acne marks, clear existing blemishes, and prevent future blemishes from forming.


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