Self-help: Controlling Acne

Following these simple self-help measures may help clear up acne and prevent further episodes:

  • Wash your skin twice a day with warm, but not hot, water and a mild cleanser. Do not scrub your skin too vigorously.

  • Do not pick at pimples because this may make the condition worse and result in scarring.

  • Apply a benzoyl peroxide cream daily to the affected areas.

  • If you have occupational acne, keep work clothes clean to avoid prolonged contact with oils.

Cleansing your face

Wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser. Scrubbing hard or using hot water can make the acne worse.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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