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Test Your Acne IQ

The fall semester is about to start. Are you putting your best face forward when it comes to acne? 

Acne affects so much more than just your skin. Even mild breakouts can damage your self confidence, making this busy time of year even more stressful. That’s why it’s important to understand your skin. Make sure you have your acne facts straight by taking this quick quiz.

Question #1: Which of the following can cause acne or make it worse?

D. All of the above. While you can’t control your genetics or hormones, a board-certified dermatologist can help you find solutions for your skin. When it comes to stress, coping strategies like exercise and meditation can help relieve your tension and your skin.

Question #2: You can over-wash your face.

True. Overwashing your skin can cause acne or make it worse. Cleansing too frequently can strip your skin or natural oils, forcing your glands to overcompensate. Scrubbing or exfoliating too harshly can damage your skin or further inflame existing breakouts. It’s best to keep your routine to washing twice a day and using products recommended by your dermatologist.

Question #3: Only high school students get acne.

False. While 85% of teens will encounter some type of acne, the skin condition isn’t just for kids. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 50% of women in their 20s, 35% of women in their 30s, and 25% of women in their 40s experience adult acne. Adult acne is more common in women than in men due to hormone surges, particularly estrogen.

Question #4: Tanning cures acne.

False. Absolutely not! In fact, UV radiation (found in the sun’s rays and in tanning beds) will dry out your skin which can lead to more severe acne flares. If that’s not bad enough, tanning can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

Question #5: Your hairstyle can cause acne or make it worse.

True. The products you’re using in your hair could be causing “pomade acne.” The oils from your styling gels and waxes can clog pores causing breakouts. The solution - read product labels closely and choose water-based products over those that contain oils or petroleum jelly.

Question #6: You have to go into a dermatologist’s office for clinical acne treatment.

False. You can manage your acne online through!

Create an account, answer a few questions about your medical history, and upload photos of your skin condition. Within 48 hours, you’ll receive an official diagnosis and a treatment plan. If you need a prescription, it will be sent automatically to your preferred pharmacy. The average online appointment takes only 10 minutes and is done in the comfort of your own home or dorm. You don’t even need to break out your laptop; appointments can be done over your phone.



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