Acne Vulgaris: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  There is no prevention for acne, but there are steps you can take at home to keep acne from getting worse.
  • Gently wash and care for your skin every day. Avoid scrubbing too hard or washing too often.
  • Avoid heavy sweating. Wash soon after activities that cause you to sweat.
  • Wash your hair often if your hair is oily. Try to keep your hair off of your face.
  • Avoid touching your face with un-cleaned hands
  • Avoid exposure to oils and harsh chemicals, such as petroleum
  • Limit alcohol intake 
  • Stop smoking                                                                
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid using oily skin and hair products
  • Do not use soaps which make skin to be dried up and tight
  • Drink plenty of water 8-10 glasses everyday
  • Do not squeeze pimples this may worsen the problem 
  • Wash your pillowcase and sheets frequently so that they are not depositing oil and dirt back onto your clean skin.
  • Shave carefully and lightly

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Watch Out

  • Pimples become large, hard and filled with pus
  • Redness and inflammation of the skin

When to See Doctor

  • Burning, itching or stinging sensation
  • Some redness and peeling of the skin
Consult a doctor if you have
  • Acne gets worse or does not improve after 3 months with home treatment
  • Pimples become large and hard or filled with fluid
  • Burning, itching or stinging sensation
  • Some redness and peeling of the skin

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