How to Deal with Acne: 5 Care and Prevention Tips

The fall season is highlighted by a variety of changes- the leaves change color, the weather gets cooler, and most importantly, millions of kids across America trudge back to school. This year, for many kids, going back to school will be marred not by hard classes or difficult teachers, but by those pesky acne spots. Research estimates that 85% of teenagers will suffer from acne, but acne can occur at all ages! Therefore, it is important to practice safe acne prevention and removal techniques and below are basic steps that you can take to do so:

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  1. Do not pop, pick, or squeeze your acne! Doing so can lead to acne scars which can be permanent.
  2. Wash areas afflicted with acne periodically with a cleanser. Do not wash the area forcefully as this can irritate your skin and lead to even more acne.
  3. Shampoo your hair daily! Shampooing can help reduce the amount of oil that comes in contact with your face, as oil can lead to acne formation.
  4. Eat healthy! Certain foods such as sweets or certain grains have been proven to cause acne, so make sure to eat a well-balanced diet.
  5. See your dermatologist if acne persists or spreads to other areas. Your dermatologist can prescribe topical medications or antibiotics that can help reduce the acne and prevent scarring.

If you’d like to find out more about acne, there is more information available on the Skin Guide.

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