Personal Care For Your Acne

Steps you can take to relieve acne:

Clean the skin gently with a mild, non-drying soap (such as Dove, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, CeraVe, or Basics) and remove any dirt or makeup. Wash once or twice a day, including after exercising. However, avoid scrubbing and washing the skin repeatedly.
Wash your hair daily, especially if it’s oily. Comb or get your hair back to keep it out of the face.

What NOT to do:
Try not to squeeze, scratch, pick, or rub the pimples. Although it is tempting to do so can lead to scarring and skin infections.
Avoid wearing headbands, baseball caps and other hats tight.
Avoid touching your face with your hands or fingers.
Avoid greasy cosmetics or creams. Remove makeup at night. The non-comedogenic products have been tested and are proven to not clog pores or cause acne.
If these steps do not clear up the blemishes, try over acne medicine counter. These products are applied directly to the skin.

They may contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, salicylic acid or resorcinol.
Function destroying bacteria, drying the oil and making the upper layer exfoliate skin.
They may cause redness or skin peeling.
A small amount of sun exposure may improve acne a little, but mostly just hides it. However, too much exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet rays is not recommended because it increases the risk of skin cancer.


If the pimples are still a problem, a dermatologist can prescribe stronger medications and discuss other options with you.

For women whose acne is caused or made worse by hormones:

A pill called spironolactone may help.
Birth control pills may help in some cases, but can worsen acne.

Minor procedures or treatments can also be used:

You can use a laser procedure called photodynamic therapy.
Your doctor may also suggest chemical skin peeling, removal of scars by dermabrasion , or removal, drainage or injection of cysts with cortisone.
People who have cystic acne and scarring may try a medicine called isotretinoin (Accutane). You will be watched carefully while taking this drug because of its side effects.

Pregnant women should not take Accutane, because it causes severe birth defects. Women taking Accutane must use two forms of birth control before starting the drug and enroll in the iPLEDGE program. The doctor will follow up with this drug and will make regular blood tests.

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