Here’s what most people think about acne – if you’re 20 or so and you still don’t have it, you can forget about it, because adults don’t get acne. And even if one does get it in adulthood, it’s pretty easy to get rid of, because in adults acne is just a result of poor hygiene practices. Scrub your skin hard, pop the two or three pimples that you have, and you’re good to go.
Well, as you might imagine, that is as fictional as it sounds. Somehow all acne, and adult acne particular, seems to attract all kinds of mythmaking. Would you believe for instance that 80% of the women who show up at any dermatologist’s for acne treatment are above 25? And many of them are actually close to 50.
It’s easy to see why we believe that adult acne or any other acne is a result of poor hygiene. Blackheads, for instance, look black. It’s easy to see, people believe, that the black comes about from too much dirt on your face. People believe something similar must be responsible for acne, too. In truth, dirt only has a small part to play.