Back to School, Back to Pimples 8 Myths and Facts About Teen Acne

Now that school is in, all students want to bring their best foot forward, especially during first day of classes. However, when teenagers start getting acne and bad skin, no amount of cosmetic products can cover this up. These are major self-esteem downers, making teens self-conscious, stopping them from enjoying life to the fullest.

Teenagers who have acne suffer on many levels, physically, psychologically and emotionally. The worst feeling they have is lack of control. It completely undermines their confidence and as a result they often 'absent' themselves from joining in activities because they are so self-conscious about how they look.

According to a recent UK study entitled “Acne Vulgaris: Causes, Consequence, and Potential Treatment,” prevalence of self-reported acne among individuals age 15-25 is as high as 91%. That is 9 out of every 10 individuals who experience depression, anger, low self-esteem and frustrations. “Teenagers can increasingly face psychological, emotional and social problems because of pimples. Creating an empowering atmosphere is important to help teens overcome these struggles,” says Dr. Susan A. Estanislao, Counseling Psychologist from De La Salle University, Manila. 

Good skin care plays an important role in preventing acne-causing bacteria from forming. Regular washing of face with an antimicrobial soap helps remove surface bacteria from skin. 

Safeguard Derma Sense gives teens control over their acne by shielding them against bacteria, helping them face up to acne, and face up to their dreams.

Although basic skin care is something that all of us are aware of, there are still some teens who fall trap to different myths in addressing acne issues, which most of the time result to severe acne condition.

Below are 8 common myths and facts about teenagers’ acne:

1.      Myth: Acne is Mostly Red Spots on the Face
Fact: Acne Types are Difficult to Decipher and are on the Face, Plus Body

It was famously said that acne is mostly red spots on the face. But the truth is, it can be found on your shoulder, body, torso, etc. There are different kinds of acne that is spread on your body like pimples, cysts, nodules and blocked pores, non-inflammatory, inflammatory, mild, moderate, severe, etc.

2.      Myth: Unhealthy Food Causes Acne
Fact: Bacteria Is The Chief Villain

Food like chocolate, soda, peanuts, etc. was said to cause acne. The truth is, the bacteria are the chief villain. “So far, no studies have shown a direct correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne,” said David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York.

3.      Myth: Acne is infectious
Fact: Acne is not infectious

According to Dr. Mia Leuenberger, Fellow of Philippine Dermatological Society, acne is an inflammatory disorder that is neither infectious, nor contagious at all. It is a hereditary disorder that has trigger factors but definitely not something you pass on through your friends.
4.      Myth: Acne is a Physical Problem
Fact: Scarring Is More Than Superficial

Most teenagers nowadays tend to see acne as a physical problem, but the truth is the hidden cost for acne is shyness and despair. It is not just about the acne itself but it also lead to behavioral, psychological and social side-effects.

5.      Myth: Acne Will Run Its Course
Fact: Acne Management Needs To Start Early With Good Cleansing

An interesting misconception is that some teens just let their acne stay on their faces until “mahinog.” According to Dr. Leuenberger, this is not a good idea because once it bursts and raptures on the inside, that’s the start of scar formation. Acne doesn’t just come and go. It will stay there if it is not treated properly. Deep cleansing of the skin to control the level of skin oils and microbial levels is important and consult the dermatologist as well.

6.      Myth: Popping pimples will help them go away faster.

Fact: Popping can cause it to stay around longer.


Teenager’s first aid to acne is to pop it, wishing it can be gone like nothing happened. But the truth is, by squeezing pimples and zits, you can actually push bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil further into the skin, causing more swelling and redness — and sometimes causing a red or brown mark or scar to form.

7.      Myth: Stress produces acne.

Fact: Stress doesn’t produce breakout but stress can cause body to produce excess oil that clogs on pores.


When you’re under stress, your body tends to produce more hormones that stimulate oil-producing glands to work overtime. Oily skin is more prone to acne and stress is shown to make your acne worse.


8.      Myth: If you wash your face more often, this will help clear up your acne.
Fact: Washing too much can lead to dryness and irritation, causing more breakouts.


Washing your face is the first treatment to acne, but washing too much can lead to dryness and irritation that can cause more breakouts. The rule is to wash your face twice a day with mild soap and water. 

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  1. ohh,. this is true for me, lalo na nung highshool ako,. sa sobrang stress sa studies sabayan pa ng puyat during exams hindi maiwasan magka-acne,.


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