Ask Dr. Collins: What’s the best way to treat and prevent acne?
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What’s the best way to treat and prevent breakouts?
Eight out of ten teenagers will experience acne. While it’s common, it still isn’t easy to cope with—especially when you are starting a new school year. There are some simple things you can do to help minimize or eliminate blemishes:
First, make sure your face is clean and stays clean. Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Use a gentle face wash, like NeoStrata’s Anti-Bacterial Cleanser, which washes away the dirt, oil and germs that cause blemishes. You can also use cleansers containing Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to treat existing breakouts.
While it may be tempting to pick pimples, especially if they have a white head, don’t do it. The dirt from your fingertips will only further irritate the lesion and may cause scarring.
If you are wearing sunscreen, and you should daily, make sure to choose a non-pore clogging brand like EltaMD SPF 46. If you plan to use makeup to cover up blemishes, purchase a mineral-based foundation like glo Minerals. Use makeup sparingly, and make sure all makeup is washed off before participating in sports or exercise.
If you are prescribed an oral medication like Isotretinoin, previously known as Accutane, make sure you take the medication consistently and as directed.
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