True / False
Acne affects boys more than girls.
Yes, but only during adolescence! 95% of boys are affected by acne during puberty, compared to 83% of girls.
In adulthood, women are much more commonly affected, with 4 in 10 women suffering from late onset acne.
Cleansing your skin properly prevents blemishes
True. But don't overdo it! The guidelines encourage cleansing twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Excess cleansing or the use of over aggressive or oil-stripping ingredients can encourage acne. Do not use irritant soap - choose a gentle, soap-free cleansing product that is non-comedogenic and intended for problem skin. It will be designed to gently cleanse your skin and resorb excess sebum.
Acne begins in the hair follicle
True. Acne starts because there is too much sebum being produced, and pores become blocked. This causes blackheads or white microcysts. This is followed by inflammation in the follicles, causing the red spots that are typical of acne.