Acne, a skin problem that typically affects teenagers, develops when pores become clogged by the oils and other substances on the skin.
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Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic, says your first line of defense is a good cleaning regimen. Here are some other tips to keep acne at bay:
1. Look for benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in acne washes
If you use an over-the-counter acne wash, choose one with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid listed as an ingredient. “All of these work very well,” says Dr. Lucas. “You just need to be cautious because they can dry your skin.”
2. Shower immediately after working out
Sweat can clog pores. Get in the habit of showering immediately after a practice, game or workout.
3. Use non-acne-forming makeup
If you use makeup, look for the “non-comedogenic” kind, which means non-acne-forming.
4. Consult a dermatologist for serious cases
If over-the-counter remedies and cleaning aren’t getting the job done, a dermatologist may be able to help. “We can’t necessarily make it go away, but we can certainly make it more mild and keep it from leaving you with permanent effects” like scarring, says Dr. Lucas.
Acne treatments can take up to six to eight weeks before they begin to work. Learn more about the treatments available for acne.