Despite being one of the most common skin conditions among people of all ages, there are a lot of myths surrounding acne. Let’s clear up some of those most common myths, once and for all, but first, let’s learn a little bit more about acne.

What is acne?

  • Acne vulgaris (acne) is a common dermatology condition. It is an inflammatory skin disease involving the pilosebaceous unit (hair follicle, arrector pili muscle, and sebaceous gland).
  • Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, papules, pustules and even deeper cysts or nodules.
  • It is caused by a complex interaction between androgens, increased sebum production, inflammation with subsequent colonization of Cutibactrium Acne (aka Propioni bacterium acne) and abnormal keratinocyte actions within the gland’s epithelial lining.

Who does acne affect?

  • Although its major impact is on 85% of the teen population, it can and does continue into adulthood.
  • It has been estimated to affect almost:
    85% of those aged 12 to 24
    64% of those aged 20 to 29
    43% of those aged 30 to 39



  • Acne manifests itself on the skin, but its psychological and social effects can run deep, and its relationship with diet, stress and hormones makes it difficult to eradicate.
  • Acne may also be a particular concern for women later in life due to hormonal offset.
  • Acne most commonly develops on:
    The face: 99%
    The back: 60%
    The chest: 15%



Blemishes and acne flare-ups can be a sign of a damaged skin barrier, as the bacteria that causes acne can penetrate the skin more easily. In turn, inappropriate products can, further impair the skin barrier, creating a cycle of breakouts.

Acne has also (incorrectly) been seen as a matter of poor hygiene, which may lead people to over-wash their face in an attempt to “scrub” the breakouts away, when the only thing being removed is natural, not to mention very important, oils.


Acne myths

MYTH: The more often you cleanse your skin, the more quickly you will clear your acne problem.
FACT: If you wash your skin aggressively and frequently, you can worsen your acne condition.

MYTH: Acne is caused by diet.
FACT: Research shows that dermatologists can no longer dismiss the association between acne and diet *

  • There is now reasonably compelling evidence that food containing high amounts of refined sugars and carbohydrates may aggravate acne.
  • It’s important to consider other factors such as hormones, daily diet, medications, etc.
  • The effects of other foods and the cause and maintenance of acne also must be further explored.

MYTH: Tanning clears up the skin.
FACT: Although a tan may temporarily mask acne, it will not eliminate it.

MYTH: Squeezing pimples will help them go away faster.
FACT: By squeezing pimples, you can push bacteria further into the skin, damaging the ostia and causing more swelling and redness. Permanent scarring may also occur.

MYTH: Acne skin is sensitive and should not be exfoliated.
FACT: You must exfoliate your skin. However, do not use abrasive, mechanical exfoliants such as microbeads or granules. Beta Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic Acid) and various Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid) have proven to be very effective to exfoliate and treat acne lesions. Enzymatic exfoliants are also beneficial.

G.M. COLLIN acne treatment solutions




Key ingredients:

  • Aloe Babbadensis (Aloe Vera): Moisturizes
  • Complex of Essential oils (Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Camphor, Cypress): Revitalize, detoxify and tighten pores




Key ingredients:

  • Salicylic Acid: Dissolves pore-clogging impurities that can lead to break-outs
  • Niacinamide: Brightening and anti-inflammatory
  • Hexamidine Diisethionate : Anti-microbial, inhibits the Cutibacterium (aka Propioni bacterium) and anti-irritant




Key ingredients:

  • Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract (Rose Myrtle) Regulates sebum, limits inflammatory lesions
  • Boldo Extract (Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract): Antibacterial, Purifies, Soothes




Key ingredients:

  • Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract (Rose Myrtle): Regulates sebum, limits inflammatory lesions
  • Tropaeolum Majus flower extract (Nasturtium Flower Extract): Reactivates the skin’s oxygenation mechanisms to revitalize asphyxiated skin




Key ingredients:

  • Essential Oils & Salicylic Acid: Purifies oily, acne-prone skin
  • Aloe Vera Extract: Soothes and heals




Key ingredients:

  • 2% Salicylic acid: Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect
  • Anti-Acne Complex (Oleanolic acid & NDGA (Nordihydroguaiarectic acid)): Reduces sebum production




Key ingredients:

  • 10% AHA: Exfoliating action; 7 % Glycolic acid and 3% Lactic acid
  • Resurfacing Complex: Efficiently stimulates Stratum Corneum turnover and cell renewal process.
  • BHA (Salicylic Acid): Clears the cellular buildup that clogs pores. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect




Key ingredients:

  • Glycolic, Lactic & Salicylic acids: Offer a deep exfoliation
  • Boldo Extract: Prevents future breakouts
  • Matrixyl 3000™: Stimulates collagen synthesis

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*Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology July 2010
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