As a pediatric dermatologist, I see a lot of teens with acne. Many teens and parents have questions about the myths and facts about acne.

One myth I often hear is that acne is caused by not washing your face. Acne is caused by multiple factors, including oil in the pores, hormones and bacteria and inflammation in the skin. Face washing alone does not address all these things, although washing with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial wash such as benzoyl peroxide can be very helpful.

Another myth I often hear is that certain foods — particularly foods that are greasy or have a lot of sugar — can cause acne. Of course, everybody should limit these foods in their diet, but fat and sugar are not to blame for your acne flare-ups.

Many changes occur in a teen’s body during puberty. During this time, many teens find their skin produces more oil and sheds cells at a faster rate. The increase in oil and skin cells can clog pores in your skin, which causes pimples to form.

How to treat and manage acne

There are a number of treatments that help reduce acne. Some are offered in creams and washes that are sold over the counter. These medications may help with mild cases of acne, but many teens need a combination of treatments to clear their skin.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recently filmed a series of videos with information about managing acne. Watch these short videos to learn more:

And, if you should need more help with your skin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers pediatric dermatology care in 5 locations, including our newest specialty clinic in Pewaukee, Wis.

Dawn Siegel, MD– Dawn Siegel, MD, pediatric dermatologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers one of the largest pediatric dermatology practices in the country. Dr. Siegel also is an assistant professor of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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