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Acne Self Help Techniques for Acne

There are various treatments for acne, and the appropriate choice of treatment depends in large part about how severe the symptoms are. Of course, any treatment used should be based on your doctor's advice, but there are over-the-counter gels and creams ("topical treatments"), usually containing benzoyl peroxide, which may be suitable for less severe outbreaks, such as a few blackheads, whiteheads, or spots.

Additionally, there are a variety of self-help techniques that can help reduce acne. Be aware, that these self-help techniques are not an alternative to getting proper advice from your doctor (which you should do anyway), and can take several months to show an effect.
  • Washing:
    • Wash affected areas with lukewarm water, together with mild soap and cleanser. Do not use very hot or very cold water as this can make acne worse.
    • Do not wash affected areas more than twice per day - over frequent washing can make acne worse.
    • Wash your hair regularly.
    • If dry skin is a problem, use a fragance-free water-based emollient (emollients are moisturising treatments appplied to the skin to reduce water loss. Emolients are available as creams, loitions, ointments, and sprays, is a variety of bath oil and shower products, or as soap substitutes - ask your doctor or pharmacist).
    • Shower immediately after exercise, as sweat can irritate acne.

  • Hair:
    • As already mentioned, wash your hair regularly.
    • Do not allow hair to fall across your face.

  • Exercise:
    • Regular exercise is not known to have any specific effect on acne, although it can help with health more generally, improve your mood, and boost self-esteem. Reasons enough to do it!
    • As already mentioned, shower immediately after exercise.

  • Make-up / Cosmetics:
    • Avoid using too much make-up or cosmetics.
    • Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic (this means they are less likely to cause blocked pores in your skin).
    • Completely remove all make-up before going to bed.

  • Smoking:
  • "Cleaning Out"
    • Do not try to "clean out" blackheads. Do not squeeze spots. This can make them worse, and can cause scarring. Just don't!

  • Toothpaste
    • There are some websites that recommend applying toothpaste to skin as a treatment for acne. This is not recommended: while it is true that many toothpastes may contain substances that act as anti-bacterials, it is also true that toothpastes also contain substances that can damage or irritate your skin. Do not use toothpaste to treat acne - instead use one of the safer and more effective treatments available from your doctor or pharmacist!



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