Acne may have started in your teen years, that time when age and hormones meet to cause those awful breakouts. Or, you may have begun experiencing acne breakouts in your adult years due to either irregular lifestyle, stress or other factors.

Either way, many people find acne bothersome or embarrassing. To reduce acne and its damage to your skin, consult your skin doctor but meanwhile follow these tips.

  • Choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne. These products often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help to clear acne sores. Medicated products prescribed by doctors are better than over the counter products in this case.
  • Clean your face gently, as trauma to the acne breakouts may worsen the acne or cause scarring. When washing your face, use your hands, as any terrycloth or other scrubbing material may cause acne sores to rupture, which may worsen the condition.
  • If you need to use a moisturizer, use only light, non-comedogenic moisturizers, which do not aggravate acne. There are oil-free moisturizers on the market that contain anti-bacterial agents for acne-prone skin. This type of product may be your best option.
  • If you wear makeup, use an oil-free foundation. Heavy makeup or other cosmetic products that block pores may cause a flare-up of acne.
  • Never pick. Picking can result in further inflammation and possible scarring.
  • And please consult your dermatologist for a proper consultation and treatment.