Wash Acne-prone Skin
Dermatologists recommend the following for their
patients who have acne or acne-prone skin:
Limit washing to twice a day –
and after perspiring
Once in the morning and once at night as well as after
perspiring heavily should be the limit. Perspiration, especially
when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so the skin
should be gently cleansed as quickly as possible after
Use a gentle, non-abrasive
Wash the face and other acne-prone areas with a gentle,
non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
Use your fingertips
Apply the cleanser and wash with your fingertips. This reduces
skin irritation. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything
else can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts.
Never scrub your skin
Scrubbing the skin does not clear acne. In fact, scrubbing
irritates the skin and can make acne worse.
Rinse with lukewarm water
Be sure to thoroughly rinse away the cleanser with lukewarm, not
If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.
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