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Top 5 acne myths debunked

WATCH: Dermatologist Dr. Cathy Zip joins Global Calgary with details on five acne myths.

CALGARY – Millions of Canadians suffer from acne and might be under the false impression there isn’t anything they can do about it.

Dermatologist Dr. Cathy Zip joins Global News with details on the truth behind five acne myths.

Top 5 acne myths debunked

Nothing can be done about acne. The Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada says almost every case of acne can be successfully treated.

Acne will go away of its own. Three in 10 young people get moderate acne where medical help is needed to get the condition under control and limit the risk of scarring, according to the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada.

Acne is just a physical problem. “Ninety per cent of teenagers are going to have acne, and eventually it’s going to go away… but the problem is, it can lead to emotional issues,” said Zip. “We actually have evidence that it can affect people and how they cope with the world down the road.”

Acne is caused by stress, sweat or diet. “Really there’s very little data that [acne] has anything to do with how we care for our skin,” said Zip.
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You just have to get through acne. The Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada suggests that you should seek medical help for your acne if it’s having an impact on your daily life, making you feel stressed, embarrassed, angry, sad or ashamed.