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Treating Acne

Doctors who specialize in treating skin problems (dermatologists) can help you overcome acne. The different approaches to treatment attempt to:
  • Heal pimples
  • Stop new pimples from forming
  • Prevent scarring
  • Help reduce the embarrassment of having acne.
Early treatment is the best way to prevent scars. Your doctor may suggest over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drugs. Some forms of medication are put right on the skin. Other medicines are pills that you swallow. The doctor may tell you to use more than one medicine.
(Click Acne Treatment for a closer look at treatment options.)

Skin Care

Here are some ways to care for skin if you have acne:
  • Clean your skin gently. Use a mild cleanser in the morning, evening, and after heavy workouts.
  • Scrubbing the skin does not stop acne. It can even make the problem worse.
  • Try not to touch your skin. People who squeeze, pinch, or pick their pimples can get scars or dark spots on their skin.
  • Shave carefully. If you shave, you can try both electric and safety razors. With safety razors, use a sharp blade. Also, it helps to soften your beard with soap and water before putting on shaving cream. Shave lightly and only when you have to.
  • Stay out of the sun. Many acne drugs can make people more likely to sunburn. Being in the sun a lot can also make your skin wrinkle and raise the risk of skin cancer.
  • Choose makeup carefully. All makeup should be oil-free. Look for the word "noncomedogenic" on the label. This means that the makeup will not clog up your pores. But some people still get acne even if they use these products.
(Click Acne Skin Care for more information about good skin care for those with acne.)

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