Tanning will help clear up your skin
Not only is this untrue, but sun exposure might actually worsen breakouts. (Not to mention put you at risk for sunburns and skin cancer.) “Tan skin may hide the redness of acne, it does not help clear it up,” says Today.com expert Jwala Karnik, MD, chief medical officer at Suneva Medical, Inc. in Santa Barbara, California. It’s just one bad skin myth dermatologists hear all the time.
Adults don’t get acne
Even if you never had pimples when you were younger, it’s possible to develop acne in adulthood, especially during midlife hormonal changes. “Not realizing adults get real acne leads to delay in diagnosis and delay in proper, helpful treatment,” says Jessica Krant, MD, board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. Since your blemishes, facial rashes, or sensitivities could, indeed, be acne vulgaris (the Latin term for common acne), it’s best to see a dermatologist. Here are the main causes of adult acne and what your doctor might advise to do about them.