Acne Myths
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Acne is a skin condition so many of us encounter during our lives. But the severity of the condition can differ greatly from person to person, and it's led to a number of myths surrounding what causes it? Is chocolate the culprit? Is fatty and unhealthy foods the issue? Is acne only something that pubescent teens have to deal with? 

On this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast, we talk all things acne with Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is also Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital.

This is Part 1 of a three-part series on dermatology. Stay tuned for future episodes where we get into the topics of sun protection and skincare beauty myths.

Click here to learn more about acne, what causes it and how to treat it.

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