Q. My son is developing acne and is very aware of it. What can we do to deal with this?
A. Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in time. It causes spots, oily skin, and sometimes skin that is warm or sore to the touch.
Acne most commonly develops on:
face – this affects almost everyone with acne
back – this affects more than half of people with acne
chest – this affects around 15 percent of people with acne
Do not wash affected skin areas more than twice a day.
Frequent washing can irritate the skin and make symptoms worse.
Wash the affected area with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water. Very hot or cold water can make acne worse.
Do not try to “clean” blackheads or blackheads. This can make them worse and cause permanent scarring.
Avoid using too much makeup and cosmetics.
Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic (less likely to clog your skin pores).
Completely remove any makeup you wear before going to bed.
If dry skin is a problem, use a fragrance-free water-based emollient.
Regular exercise cannot improve your acne, but it can improve your mood and your self-esteem.
Shower as soon as possible after you are finished exercising, as sweating can irritate your acne.
Wash your hair regularly and try to avoid letting it fall on your face.
Several creams, lotions and gels to treat spots are available in pharmacies.
If you do develop acne, it is a good idea to ask your pharmacist for advice.
Treatments can take up to three months to work, so don’t expect results overnight, and you may need to try a few treatments to find the right one for you.
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