Are You Handling Your Acne or Making It Worse?

Don’t worry. This too shall pass. However, the effect of acne on a young person shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies show that a person’s physical appearance in those tender teen years has a profound impact on how they develop into an adult. Are you making the best of it or making this time harder on yourself? Take the quiz to see how your acne treatment habits stack up to Oohvie.

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Your face is dirty, and that’s why you have acne.
False. If you wash your face in the morning and at night, you’ll be just fine. Your hormones are what’s making you breakout, not a “dirty face.” Careful not to wash too much. That can dry out the skin and actually make the condition worse.
2 of 10
You can’t wear makeup and acne medication at the same time.
False. As long as you put on the medication first and are using oil-free makeup, wearing both at the same time is fine.
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Never pop or pick at a pimple, no matter how tempted you are.
True. Touching your face is a good way to spread pore-clogging oils. Plus, whenever you pick at a pimple and break the skin, you increase your risk of scarring. If a pimple gets so bad that it becomes impacted, see a doctor.
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Your haircare products can cause acne.
True. Oily or greasy hair products can clog your pores just like oily makeup can. During a breakout, try to keep your hair tied back away from your skin, and be sure to choose milder products that are easier on your skin.
5 of 10
Clean your glasses regularly to stop acne spread.
True. Your glasses have a ton of bacteria on them. Bacteria is what infests the hair follicle inside the pore and causes the inflammation that leads to acne.
6 of 10
Facial scrubs get all the blackheads out.
False. You should avoid facial scrubs, astringents, and cleansing masks. They suck all the moisture out of your skin and can make your acne worse.
7 of 10
Overnight treatments really work—if you’re willing to spend the money.
False. There’s no 24-hour or overnight treatment. Products with benzoyl peroxide have the fastest effect, but you’re still looking at anywhere from four to twelve weeks before the skin is totally healed.
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The most common reason for breakouts (other than hormones and bacteria) is the incorrect use of medications.
True. Read all the instructions and speak to your doctor about the proper application. Be consistent. Don’t assume that because you haven’t seen results in a day or two that the product doesn’t work. Many acne treatments need time and regular usage to work.
9 of 10
Relieving stress can stop acne.
True. There’s a correlation between stress hormones and acne breakouts, even in adults.
10 of 10
Greasy foods cause acne.
False. Once a tried-and-true piece of advice, the notion that greasy food causes acne is up for debate. Studies show that high glycemic foods like white bread and potatoes are more likely to cause breakouts.

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