Skin Care for People with Acne

Good skin care acts a key role in treating acne. Following these skin care guiding principle — unless your dermatologist instructs otherwise — can help improve your results:

  • Gently Cleanse Acne-prone Skin
  • Avoid Acne Skin Care Taboos
  • Practice Sun Protection
  • Shave with Care

Gently Cleanse Acne-prone Skin:

  • Limit washing to twice a day – and after sticky. One time in the morning and once at night time as well as after perspiring heavily should be the limit. Perspiration, mainly when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so the skin should be gently cleansed as fast as possible after sweaty.
  • Use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser. Wash the face and other acne-affected areas with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser such as Cetaphil.
  • Use your fingertips. Apply the cleanser and wash with your fingertips. This reduces skin irritation. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts.
  • Never scrub the skin. Scrubbing the skin clean does not clear acne. Actually, scrubbing irritates the skin and can make acne worse.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse away the cleanser with lukewarm, not hot water.
  • Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, clean every day.

Avoid Acne Skin Care Taboos

Astringents, rubbing alcohol, and tanning do not help clear acne nor keep acne-prone skin free from blemishes. Dermatologists recommend that their patients with acne and acne-prone skin keep away from the following:

  • Astringents, exfoliators, masks, and toners. These products do not help clear acne. In fact, these can worsen the skin and make acne worse. These products also may make it more difficult to tolerate prescription acne medications, so it is best not to use these when treating acne.
  • Greasy hair-care products. Oily hair-care products, such as oil-containing gels and pomades, can drip onto the skin and clog pores. This can cause acne.
  • Picking, popping, and squeezing pimples. People pick and pop pimples to get rid of them quickly. The truth is this prolongs healing time and increases the danger of scarring.
  • Rubbing alcohol. Some people apply rubbing alcohol in order to dry out the oily skin. This will not help clear acne nor prevent breakouts. It can irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
  • Tanning. Some citizens believe that their acne clears with sun exposure. The truth is that tanning does not clear acne. Tanning, however, does increase one’s risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers.

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