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How can keeping your face clean help prevent acne?

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Whether or not you have acne, it's important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin's surface. Washing more often than twice daily is not necessarily better; it may do more harm than good. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can hurt already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.

SOURCES: 

Stathakis. V. 1997. Australasian Journal of Dermatology,

Nguyen, Q. 1994. American Family Physician,

Chiu, A. 2003. Archives of Dermatology,

Teenagers Today.com web site: "Best Face Forward." 

About.com web site: "Acne ... Pimples ... and Zits, Oh My!"

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

SOURCES: 

Stathakis. V. 1997. Australasian Journal of Dermatology,

Nguyen, Q. 1994. American Family Physician,

Chiu, A. 2003. Archives of Dermatology,

Teenagers Today.com web site: "Best Face Forward." 

About.com web site: "Acne ... Pimples ... and Zits, Oh My!"

FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

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