Contrary to what seems to still be popular belief, acne isn't only a scourge of your teenage years — it can also follow you into your 20s and beyond. And even if you haven't battled breakouts for years, changing hormones, genetics, and more might mean that you all of a sudden end up with acne in adulthood. Over the years, you've likely heard about different acne treatments claiming to shrink blemishes, heal redness and irritation, or fade scars left from picking, and may have been a bit skeptical. There are some old wives' tales about treating acne that actually work, however, that you definitely need to know more about, whether you've struggled with acne for years or it's a brand-new adventure on which you're embarking.
What works for one person, however, doesn't work for all, which is one of the most frustrating things about trying to clear up your acne (or any other skincare issue that you'd like to address). And because everyone's skin is different, one person's all-time favorite remedy could actually make your breakouts worse or seriously irritate your skin. So it can still be useful to work with a dermatologist to try to find the best treatment for you.
"If you have moderate to severe acne — cystic acne, scarring acne, extensive acne — always seek the care of a board-certified dermatologist to assist with the treatment of your condition," Dr. Caroline A. Chang, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, tells Romper in an email exchange. "Stop any treatment if you develop a rash, irritation, sensitivity or any other side effect."
But in the meantime, or if you can't go to the dermatologist, some of the old wives' tales you learned about in high school just might do the trick.