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More Skin Care Tips for People With Acne

Avoiding Frequent Handling of the Skin

People who squeeze, pinch, or pick their blemishes risk developing scars or dark blotches. People should avoid rubbing and touching their skin lesions.
 

Shaving Acne-Prone Skin Carefully

Men who shave and who have acne can test both electric and safety razors to see which is more comfortable. Men who use a safety razor should use a sharp blade and soften their beard thoroughly with soap and water before applying shaving cream. Nicking blemishes can be avoided by shaving lightly and only when necessary.
 

Avoiding a Sunburn or Suntan

Many acne medications can make a person more prone to sunburn. A sunburn that reddens the skin or suntan that darkens the skin may make blemishes less visible and make the skin feel drier. However, these benefits are only temporary, and there are known risks of excessive sun exposure, such as more rapid skin aging and a risk of developing skin cancer.
 

Choosing Cosmetics When Caring for Acne-Prone Skin

People receiving acne treatment often need to change some of the cosmetics they use. All cosmetics, such as foundation, blush, eye shadow, and moisturizers, should be oil-free. Patients may find it difficult to apply foundation evenly during the first few weeks of treatment because the skin may be red or scaly, particularly with the use of certain topical acne medications, such as tretinoin or benzoyl peroxide.
 
Oily hair products may eventually spread over the forehead, causing closed comedones (basic acne lesions).
 
Products that are labeled as noncomedogenic (do not promote the formation of closed pores) should be used. However, even these products may cause acne in some people.
 

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