Health Tip: Caring for Acne-Prone Skin
(HealthDay News) -- The exact cause of acne isn't understood, but the American Academy of Dermatology says four factors are involved: too much oil, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation.
The academy offers these skin-care suggestions designed to help manage acne:
- Gently clean your face one or two times per day with a gentle skin cleanser and lukewarm water. Excessive washing, on the other hand, can irritate the skin and make acne worse.
- If your hair is oily, shampoo daily to help prevent oil from getting to the skin.
- While foods aren't believed to cause acne, in some people, certain foods can make acne worse. If you know which foods seem to aggravate your acne, avoid them.
- Use oil-free makeup and skin products.
- Avoid getting hair products, such as sprays or gel, on your face.
- If you have acne, your dermatologist may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter treatment.
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