|Keep your hands away from your
Squeezing blackheads and pimples can make them worse.
Keep your hair off your face.
Cut, tie, or comb it as you please, but don't let it add to your acne by spreading oil and
Avoid oily soaps, moisturizing creams, oily hair
preparations, and all heavy makeup.
If you use makeup, be sure to use water-base
Change the way you wash your face,
If you find yourself facing periodic acne breakouts, try changing the way you wash your
face. Don't scrub too hard, because that can irritate your skin and make it more
vulnerable to bacteria. Use a clean towel (or tissue) to dry your face, so as not to
transfer bacteria from a used towel. And be sure that objects that come in contact with
your face like a telephone receiver are clean. Drink at
least 64 ounces of water a day, exercise, and try to take stress breaks. Don't rely on the
sun to "dry up" your acne. It won't help and it will only set you up for
wrinkles and skin cancer.
Within the limits of a healthy diet,
eat whatever you like. There is no evidence that diet affects acne. If you believe that
you react to certain foods, keep a record of what happens each time you eat the food and
eliminate that food if you are convinced that it flares your acne.
If tetracycline is prescribed,
be sure to take it at least one hour before or two hours after mealtime. Never take milk,
ice cream, or other dairy products within two hours before or after taking medicine. It's
best to take medicine at bedtime with a glass of water. Other antibiotics can be taken
with meals. Please ask for instructions.
Remember, treatment only controls acne;
it doesn't cure it. Don't stop treatment because your skin clears up. Acne lesions begin
at least a month before you can see them.
Learn to accept the ups and downs of acne activity. With persistence, you
will ultimately see real improvement.
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