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How do I treat acne?

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Acne results when oil ducts below the skin get clogged with secretions and bacteria. The problem of acne persists into adulthood for many guys. Factors that help cause acne include:

  • Hormone changes during adolescence
  • Heavy or greasy lotions or makeup
  • Emotional stress
  • Nutritional suppliements that have iodine
  • Exposure to cooking oils, tar or creasote
  • Putting pressure on your face for prolonged amounts of time.
  • Medications like steroids, anticonvulsive medications and lithium

Some ways to combat ance at home include the following:

  • Keep you skin clean. Using a clean washcloth every time, work the soap into your skin gently for a minute or two and rinse well. Never scrub your skin.
  • Try an astringent lotion, de-greasing pads or a facial.
  • Ask your doctor for the name of a good acne soap.
  • Leave you skin alone! Don’t squeeze, scrath or poke at pimples. The can get infected and leave scars if you pick at them.
  • Use an over-the-counter lotion or cream that has benzoyl peroxide. Follow the listed instructions.
  • Wash after you exercise or sweat.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week and keep if off your face.
  • Wrap a warm towel around your face before you shave. This will make your beard softer. Always shave the way the hair grows.
  • Don’t spend too much time in the sun. Ask your doctor about use of tanning beds.
  • Use only water-based makeup. Avoid using greasy or oily creams, lotions or makeups.

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