Skip to content
    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Skin Care for Those With Acne

    Acne may have started in your teen years, that time when age and hormones meet to cause those awful breakouts. Or, you may have begun experiencing acne breakouts in your adult years.

    Either way, many people find acne bothersome or embarrassing. To reduce acne and its damage to your skin, follow these tips.

    Recommended Related to Acne

    Can Foods Make You Break Out?

    By now, it’s common knowledge that certain nutrients help specific body parts work better. Healthy bones require calcium and vitamin D. Our hearts may do better when we eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. And for healthy skin we should eat, well, hmmm, that’s a good question. If you’re not sure which foods are good for your skin and which ones are harmful, you’re certainly not alone. Little research has shown a connection between particular foods and skin health, says Cheryl Karcher, MD, a New...

    Read the Can Foods Make You Break Out? article > >

    • Choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne. These products often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help to clear acne sores.
    • Clean your face gently, as trauma to the acne breakouts may worsen the acne or cause scarring. When washing your face, use your hands, as any terrycloth or other scrubbing material may cause acne sores to rupture.
    • If you need to use a moisturizer, use only light, non-comedogenic moisturizers, which do not aggravate acne. There are oil-free moisturizers on the market that contain anti-bacterial agents for acne-prone skin. This type of product may be your best option.
    • If you wear makeup, use an oil-free foundation. Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that block pores may cause a flare-up of acne.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on September 02, 2014

    Today on WebMD

    Girl with acne
    See if you know how to control your acne.
    happy woman with clear skin
    Triggers and treatments for blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne.
     
    Bride with acne
    Dos and don’ts for hiding breakouts.
    close-up of a young man soaping his face
    Why adults get acne and how to treat it.
     
    Doctors
    Article
    Boy cleaning acne face
    Quiz
     
    HPV Vaccine Future
    Video
    beauty cream
    Article
     
    Bride with acne
    Slideshow
    Woman applying mineral makeup
    Slideshow
     
    69x75_mineral_makeup.jpg
    Video
    Arrows pointing on teen girl blemish
    Quiz