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Everything you ever wanted to know about how to achieve a flawless face is in this video series.
You Will Need
- A gentle facial cleanser
- Warm water
- A towel
- Topical acne medication
- A tissue (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Noncomedogenic cosmetics (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Shaving cream with benzoyl peroxide (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
- A dermatologist (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Prescription acne medicine (optional) (optional) (optional) (optional)
Wash morning & night
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water when you wake up in the morning and at night just before bed.
Pat face dry
Gently pat your face dry with a towel—don't rub, or you can extract too much moisture from your face.
Apply a topical acne medication, either one prescribed by your dermatologist or an over-the-counter cream, lotion, or gel containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
Protect your skin with a non-comedogenic sunscreen and avoid excess exposure to sunlight. This is always important, but it is especially critical when you're using topical or internal acne medication, which increases skin's photosensitivity.
Use right cosmetics
Use only non-comedogenic, water-based cosmetics that are oil-free. There are moisturizers and makeup formulated for acne-prone skin.
If you shave, do so carefully and sparingly. Shaving can easily irritate sensitive skin, so only shave when it is necessary and only in one direction.
Don't squeeze, pop, or pinch acne. It can cause further inflammation and even permanent scarring.
Avoid actions that cause repetitive or prolonged contact with the affected area, like holding a phone against your face, wearing sports equipment, or resting your chin on your hand.
Keep hair clean
Keep your hair clean and out of your face. The natural oils in hair can contribute to acne, as can hair products that contain oil.
If you take proper care of your skin but you still have outbreaks, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. There are different types of acne that may require different approaches in treatment.
If you're under a dermatologist's care, follow his or her instructions carefully. If you're prescribed an oral medication, take it regularly.
Be patient! Fighting acne is a slow process, and there is no quick fix or immediate cure. But sooner or later you'll win the battle—and your skin will thank you for it.