Dealing with teen acne is a right of passage but there is no reason not to do what you can do to minimize outbreaks. We put together a list of handy tips to help you control your acne.

  1. Keep your face clean. Start with wetting your face with slightly warm water, not hot, to help loosen the dirt. Then use a mild soap, a creme soap is an option, and gently massage the soap for 30-60 seconds. Then rinse the soap off with water only, do not rub it off with a towel. Be sure to get the edges of your face because dried soap can be an irritant.
  2. Moisturize. After you wash your face always apply a moisturizer. You want one that is not prone to clogging your pores, the technical term for this is ‘noncomodigenic’ so look for that on the label. Still, some trial and error might be order and when you find one that doesn’t clog your pores, stick with it!  Remember to take into account what type of skin you have when choosing a moisturizer.
  3. Use makeup sparingly. Make up can make breakouts worse so be sure to use oil-free makeup and be sure to wash it off thoroughly at the end of the day.
  4. Relax. Stress causes an increase in glucocorticoid hormone and this can lead to breakouts.
  5. The old wisdom about watching what you eat appears to have some basis in truth. Too much insulin in your bloodstream can lead to clogged pores so watch your sugar intake, and that included white breads, rice and plain old sugar.
  6. Exercise. Not only can exercise reduce stress (see number 4) but the extra blood flow to your skin can help keep your skin healthy. Be sure to wash your face and moisturize after exercising.
  7. Stay hydrated. Healthy skin is moisturized from the inside as well as by creams.
  8. See a dermatologist. You dermatologist can suggest more tips and medications to help control your acne.