To help control acne, wash your skin once or twice a day. If you have mild acne, you can get an acne cream without a prescription. If this treatment hasn't helped after 3 months, see your doctor. You may need different medicines or prescription medicines.
Daily tips for controlling acne
You can help prevent acne from getting worse by using these tips.
- Wash 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.
- Rinse well.
Always completely rinse your skin after you wash it, and gently pat it dry. Avoid rubbing your skin.
- Moisturize as needed.
If your face feels dry after washing it, use a moisturizing lotion. Look for skin care products that say "noncomedogenic" on the label.
- Shower after heavy sweating.
Shower as soon as you can after any activity that causes heavy sweating, especially sports.
- Hands off.
Try not to scrub or pick at your pimples. This can make them worse and can cause scars.
Current as of: November 16, 2023
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