Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It can be frustrating and sometimes painful, especially when it’s stubborn and refuses to go away. If you suffer from acne, then you know how challenging it can be to keep breakouts at bay. However, it’s not impossible to control. By adopting healthy habits and with regular care and attention, you can help prevent breakouts and keep your skin looking its best.

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Keep your face clean and moisturized: Dirt, oil, and sweat can build up on your skin and clog your pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Clean your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser that helps reduce oil and bacteria. Be sure to moisturize your skin afterward to prevent dryness and irritation.

Wear sunscreen: The sun’s rays can intensify acne, causing more severe breakouts. Protect your skin by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it generously to your face, neck, and other exposed areas, and reapply it after two hours.

Don’t touch your face: Your hands carry bacteria and germs that can transfer to your face and trigger breakouts. Avoid touching your face, especially if you haven’t washed your hands. This will minimize the risk of bacterial spread and keep your skin looking clearer.

Avoid harsh skincare products: Using harsh skincare products or makeup can irritate your skin and make acne worse. Look for products that are gentle and non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores. Test them on a small patch of skin before using them on your face to avoid adverse reactions.

Shampoo your hair regularly: If your hair is on the oily side, the oils can cause acne to form on your forehead. Shampoo your hair regularly, even daily if necessary, and keep your hair away from your face.

Stick to your treatment: Switching from one acne treatment to another can cause irritation to your skin and cause breakouts. Give your body time to adjust to the treatment for at least a few weeks before switching to something different.

For more information, self-care tips, and how to manage acne, we recommend talking with our board-certified dermatologists. Our team will learn more about your symptoms and work with you to create a plan to help prevent new breakouts from forming. Call our offices and schedule your appointment today. Helendale Dermatology is located in Rochester, NY and can be reached by calling 585-266-5420 or emailing through our secure contact form.