What skincare precautions should individuals with acne take?

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·         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.

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