Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment
Good skin care plays an important role in treating acne. Following these skin care
guidelines—unless your dermatologist instructs otherwise—can help improve treatment
1.Do NOT pop, squeeze or pick at acne.
This can make acne worse by spreading inflammation. With medical
treatment, removing lesions is rarely necessary; however, when comedo
removal is needed, it should be performed by an experienced healthcare
2.Gently wash your face twice a day with an acne cleanser and pat dry.
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, and vigorous washing and scrubbing will
not clear your skin. In fact, all that scrubbing can irritate your skin and make
acne worse. The way to clear acne is with appropriate acne products and good
3.Use “noncomedogenic” (does not clog pores) cosmetics and toiletries.
When buying cosmetics and other products that you will use on your skin or
hair, be sure to look for ones labeled “noncomedogenic.” Makeup, sunscreen
and toiletries that are not likely to cause acne state that they are
“noncomedogenic” on the product.
4.Avoid aggravating your acne.
Oily hair, sporting equipment that rubs against your skin and airborne
grease—all can irritate and make your acne worse. Ways you can avoid these
• If you have oily hair, keep it off your face and wash it daily.
• Avoid using hair care products that contain oil, such as pomades and gels.
• Wear cotton clothing or moleskin under sporting equipment to avoid skin-to-
5.Give acne products enough time to do their job.
Ask a dermatologist how much time is needed for each particular product to
work. This way you’ll know when you can expect to see clearing and not stop
using the product(s) before you see results. As a rule of thumb, it takes 6 to 8
weeks before you begin to see an improvement.
6.Use medications as directed.
Using more medication than directed will not improve results. In fact,