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How to Prevent Zits

Learn how to prevent zits from dermatologist Elissa Lunder in this Howcast skin care video.


"Hi, I'm Dr. Elissa Lunder. I've been practicing dermatology at Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the past 10 years. I believe that skin care doesn't have to be complicated. With a few simple steps you can have beautiful skin. You can visit Dermatology Partners on the web at So today we're gonna talk about skin care.

Some acne is unavoidable, acne lots of times is caused by hormones and everybody knows that hormones can go up and down, depending on your age, the time of the month and for a variety of other factors. So at times acne is just a part of life. But there are some things that you can do to minimize the amount of acne you get.

The first thing is to choose the right cleanser. I recommend you using either a salicylic acid cleanser, Neutrogena acne wash being one of my favorites or using a benzoyl peroxide wash. I prefer to use a salicylic acid cleanser on the face but if you have acne that's on your chest or your back, I would go for the strongest benzoyl peroxide wash that you can. I would find a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide wash and the key is to leave it on your skin for about 5 minutes before you wash it off. One thing to note about benzoyl peroxide is that it can bleach your clothes, bleach your washcloths, so just be careful of that.

Another way to prevent acne is to choose your hair products carefully. Lots of times different hair sprays, mousses and gels when they get on to the skin clog your pores. You want to make sure that all products you use on your skin, makeup , foundations, anything you're using on your skin says noncomedogenic on it. Noncomedogenic means that it won't clogs your pores.

If using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxides aren't enough to get ride of your acne, you may want to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists have plenty of both topical and oral medications that can help your acne. We use lots of topical antibiotics, we use retinoids such as Differin and Retin A that help improve your acne and for some patients you'll need to go on oral antibiotics and in extreme cases we'll use a medication called Accutane."

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