What’s the most common misperception patients have about acne or acne therapy that you have encountered in practice?

The most common misperception I’ve encountered about acne in my practice is that diet still plays an important role in the management of acne. Many patients, primarily due to input from their parents, believe that acne is due to foods, such as chocolate, colas, and greasy foods. This probably reflects what their parents were taught in the 1960s.

—Mark Bechtel, MD

Patients have the perception that they are breaking out because their faces are dirty. This is a myth. People who are “dirty” can be pimple free, and people who are “clean” can break out. While proper cleansers and skincare play an important role in treating acne, they are not the the primary cause.

—Joshua Zeichner, MD

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