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Home Acne Care for Teenagers

February 16, 2013

How should teen with acne care for their skin at home?

A home acne care regime should be simple to follow on a daily basis. Here are some rules to follow:

  • Clean skin gently:
    • Clean skin gently with a mild, nondrying soap or mild cleanser. Common home acne care cleansers and washes that may be used for acne-prone skin include Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and Proactive acne care solutions.
    • Remove all dirt or make-up.
    • Wash face once or twice daily but void scrubbing or excessive washing.
    • Wash the face after heavy exercise.
    • Rinse skin thoroughly.
    • Do not use very strong soaps or rough scrub pads as they can worsen the acne.
  • Shampoo hair daily:
    • Shampoo your hair daily, especially if it is oily.
    • Comb or pull your hair back to keep the hair out of your face.
  • Shave carefully:
    • Shave gently to avoid nicking the acne.
    • Make sure that the blade is sharp.
    • Soften beard or stubble thoroughly with water before applying shaving cream.
    • Try to shave only when you need to as shaving too often can result in nicked blemishes.
  • Choose cosmetics carefully:
    • All cosmetics should be oil-free and ‘non-comedogenic’, meaning that the products do not trigger the formation of closed pores on the skin.
    • Stop using cosmetics if they worsen the acne.
    • Remove cosmetics and make-up every night.
    • Oil-free cosmetics that may be used for acne-prone skin and as part of an acne home care regime are available online or at pharmacies, chemists and drugstores.
  • Avoid touching the face with hands or fingers:
    • Avoid rubbing and touching the acne.
    • Squeezing, pinching, or picking acne and pimples can lead to acne scars or dark blotches.
  • Avoid too much sun:
    • Acne medication or acne creams may make the skin more likely to sunburn.
    • Sunburns, in turn, may lead to excessively dry skin which could worsen the acne.
  • Avoid tight headbands etc:
    • Avoid wearing tight headbands.
    • Avoid tight caps and hats.

Over-the-counter (OTC) acne creams

OTC acne creams may be used to help heal the acne. See further Teen Acne Cream Treatment section.