Last updated on February 12th, 2019 at 05:25 pm
How should teens 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 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 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 the 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 excessive 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.