Acne Treatment and Prevention

Acne Treatment and Prevention

What are some ways to prevent and treat acne?

  • Avoid wearing make-up, especially oil-based products to see if you notice any change in your complexion. Regular facials have been shown to be effective in deep cleansing of the pores.

  • Do not squeeze pimples, it will increase the risk of inflammation and infection.

  • Avoid stress as it can cause hormonal changes that contribute to the onset of acne.

  • Wash your skin and shampoo your hair thoroughly and gently to get rid of bacteria.

  • Over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may be helpful along with other facial cleansing products and astringents.

  • If your acne is severe, consult a dermatologist to see what kind of treatment might be suitable for your condition. Recommendations may include oral or topical prescription medications or injections.

  • Pay close attention to your diet and eliminate junk food and greasy foods. Consider investigating any allergies to foods or other products.

  • Drink a lot of water throughout the day and avoid sugary drinks.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, to cleanse your system.

  • Some physicians recommend getting early morning sun on the face along with being more active or exercising on a daily basis.

References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health.

last update: December 2008

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