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Acne Skin Care Basics

Follow this acne skin care routine to limit breakouts and prevent skin irritation:

  • Twice-a-day routine. Wash your face every morning when you wake up and again before you go to bed. If you've been working out and you're all sweaty, wash, or at least rinse your face, as soon as possible. Perspiration can make your acne worse.  
  • Clean technique.Each time you wash your face, apply a little bit of cleanser to your fingertips. Gently rub it into your face, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Don't scrub, because it can dry out and damage your skin. Also avoid using a washcloth or sponge, which can be rough enough to irritate the skin.  
  • Be thorough.Your acne skin routine isn't just for your face. Treat other parts of your body where you have acne, too.  
  • Protect your skin.Skin care doesn't end when you leave your bathroom. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more that offers both UVA and UVB protection to shield your sensitive skin against the sun's harsh rays. A water- or light liquid-based sunscreen is best for acne-prone skin. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. While outside, wear a hat with at least a 2-inch brim and clothing to cover exposed skin.

 

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on June 27, 2013

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