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Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, can affect any age or gender but is most often seen in teenagers and young adults. Acne does not have an exact cause but is commonly associated with a family history of acne.

There are many misunderstandings about what causes and what treats acne, and many of these misunderstandings lead to late intervention which can result in permanent acne scars. Some of the most common misconceptions about acne include the beliefs that acne is caused by dirt so simply washing your face will prevent acne, steam opens the pores and helps cure acne, and that poor diets lead to acne.

One important thing to know about acne is that it is curable. There are many effective treatments available. Treatments are not the same for everyone as everyone’s skin is different and responds to treatments differently. Most treatments are safe and result in dramatic improvements.