How Should People With Acne Care for Their Skin?
Clean Skin Gently
If you have acne, you should gently
wash your face with a mild cleanser, once in the morning and
once in the evening, as well as after heavy exercise. Wash
your face from under the jaw to the hairline and be sure to
thoroughly rinse your skin.
Ask your doctor or another health
professional for advice on the best type of cleanser to use.
Using strong soaps or rough scrub
pads is not helpful and can actually make the problem worse.
Astringents are not recommended unless the skin is very
oily, and then they should be used only on oily spots.
It is also important to shampoo your
hair regularly. If you have oily hair, you may want to wash
it every day.
Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin
Avoid rubbing and touching skin
lesions. Squeezing, pinching or picking blemishes can lead
to the development of scars or dark blotches.
Men who shave and who have acne
should test both electric and safety razors to see which is
more comfortable. When using a safety razor, make sure the
blade is sharp and soften your beard thoroughly with soap
and water before applying shaving cream. Shave gently and
only when necessary to reduce the risk of nicking blemishes.
Avoid a Sunburn or Suntan
Many of the medicines used to treat
acne can make you more prone to sunburn. A sunburn that
reddens the skin or suntan that darkens the skin may make
blemishes less visible and make the skin feel drier.
However, these benefits are only temporary, and there are
known risks of excessive sun exposure, such as more rapid
skin aging and a risk of developing skin cancer.
Choose Cosmetics Carefully
While undergoing acne treatment, you
may need to change some of the cosmetics you use. All
cosmetics, such as foundation, blush, eye shadow,
moisturizers, and hair-care products should be oil free.
Choose products labelled noncomedogenic (meaning they don't
promote the formation of closed pores). In some people,
however, even these products may make acne worse.
For the first few weeks of treatment,
applying foundation evenly may be difficult because the skin
may be red or scaly, particularly with the use of topical
tretinoin or benzoyl peroxide.
Part 1: What is acne?
Part 2: What is acne? ...continued
Part 3: What causes acne?
Part 4: How is acne treated?
Part 5: How should I care for my skin?
Part 6: Current research for acne?
Source: Adapted from National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases