What skincare precautions should individuals with acne take?
· Clean skin gently. Use a mild cleanser morning, night, and after exercising. Do not use scrub pads. Also wash your hair regularly, especially if you have oily hair.
· Avoid rubbing and touching the face, back, or any other acne-prone area. Do not squeeze or pick at blemishes. That will only increase inflammation and the chance of scarring.
· Men should shave carefully, gently and only when necessary to avoid opening lesions, which will induce further inflammation and the possibility of infection.
· Avoid sun tanning and sun burns. Overexposure to the sun exacerbates acne.
Choose cosmetics carefully. Use products labeled “noncomedogenic” (non-acne causing) and avoid applying foundation during the first few weeks of treatment.