Some people believe poor hygiene causes acne or worsens this condition. This is a myth.
• There is no reliable evidence that acne is caused or triggered by a lack of cleanliness.
• Washing the skin too often (more than twice a day) and harsh scrubbing or exfoliating – habits that are common among acne sufferers – strip the skin of its natural protective barrier and PH balance, causing redness and over-sensitivity. Acne spots may worsen and the skin can become more difficult to treat in this weakened condition.
Picking and squeezing acne spots is common and may be related to obsessive compulsive tendencies.
Picking should be avoided in order to reduce injury and the risk of scarring.
• Squeezing spots also extends the time acne is present.