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  1. 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

  2. Acne - What Increases Your Risk

    The tendency to develop acne runs in families. You are more likely to develop severe acne if your parents had severe acne.The risk of developing acne is highest during the teen and young adult years. These are the years when hormones such as testosterone

  3. Acne: Treatment With Antibiotics - Topic Overview

    Doctors often prescribe antibiotics to treat severe acne or acne that is likely to leave scars. Antibiotics improve the look of your skin by killing bacteria that cause acne. This means you'll have fewer pimples and redness. Less acne means less acne scarring. You can put antibiotics directly on your skin (topically) or take them by mouth (orally). Topical antibiotics kill bacteria on your ...

  4. Acne - Prevention

    While you cannot prevent acne, there are steps you can take at home to keep it from getting worse.

  5. Acne - Surgery

    Read about surgery to remove deep acne scars.

  6. Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide - Topic Overview

    Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions,gels,soaps,and liquids. How does benzoyl peroxide treat acne? Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores. It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne pimples and cystic lesions. At first,acne may get worse. Your skin may get red and peel. It’s not a quick fix. You may need to use the ...

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Acne

    The occasional pimple needs no treatment. Over-the-counter cover-up creams and cosmetics, if used at all, should be water based.

  10. Baby Acne

    Pink pimples ("neonatal acne") are often caused by exposure in the womb to maternal hormones. No treatment is needed, just time.

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