Acne - When To Call a Doctor
Learn when to seek help for severe acne.
Acne - Treatment Overview
Learn about treatment for acne vulgaris.
Acne - Home Treatment
Treatment at home can help reduce acne flare - ups.Wash your face (or other affected skin) gently once or twice a day.Do not squeeze pimples, because that often leads to infections, worse acne, and scars.Use water - based skin care products that gently cl
Acne - Other Treatment
Your doctor may suggest other types of therapies to treat acne or acne scars.
Acne - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Acne: Should I see my doctor? Acne: Should I take isotretinoin for severe acne? ...
Acne - Symptoms
Acne develops most often on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back and can range from mild to severe. It can last for a few months, many years, or come and go your entire life.
Acne - What Happens
Learn how acne vulgaris develops.
Acne - Cause
There are different types of acne. The most common acne is the type that develops during the teen years. Puberty causes hormone levels to rise, especially testosterone.
Acne - Prevention
While you cannot prevent acne, there are steps you can take at home to keep it from getting worse.
Acne: Tips for Keeping It Under Control - Topic Overview
You can help prevent acne from getting worse by the way you wash your face:Gently wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or acne wash.Use gentle, circling motions rather than scrubbing your face.Always completely rinse your skin after you wash it, and gently pat it dry. Avoid rubbing your skin.If your face feels dry after washing it, use a moisturizing lotion. Look for skin care products that say noncomedogenic on the label.Other tips include the following:Shower as soon as you can after any activity that causes heavy sweating, especially sports.Try keeping your hair off your face. Having hair hanging in your face can cause a breakout. Washing your hair every day may help.Try not to scrub or pick at your pimples. This can make them worse and can cause scars.For mild acneMild acne, with a few pimples that clear up on their own, may not need any medical treatment. Try an acne cream with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These work best when used just the