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Is it possible to get acne from sleeping on dirty pillow ? Or touching each other's face's when that other person has acne?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: No

Acne is not contagious.
It is caused by overproduction of oil, build-up of bacteria in the skin, and irregular skin turnover. It can be triggered by hormones, certain medications, and, maybe, certain foods (dairy or carbohydrate rich).

In brief: No

Acne is not contagious.
It is caused by overproduction of oil, build-up of bacteria in the skin, and irregular skin turnover. It can be triggered by hormones, certain medications, and, maybe, certain foods (dairy or carbohydrate rich).
Dr. Swati Avashia
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dr. Avashia is correct. And while there is a bacteria that plays a part in acne it is not considered a contagious bacteria.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Agree -- well-meaning parents tell their kids stuff like that all the time, but there is no evidence that dirt or touching another person's acne will have any effect on yours.
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