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Basic Acne Care Explained
Free Acne Tips by Doug Smith

Acne: a teenager's biggest nightmare. Unfortunately this all-too-common skin disturbance, with its pimples and other unattractive eruptions, happens exactly at the time when teens seek social acceptance and try to blend in.

Acne can be a problem well beyond puberty. It can extend into the age groups of 20s, and even 30s. This is why quality acne care information is so popular.

Although acne is most troublesome during the early teenage years, preventive measures should be taken as early as possible for effective acne treatment. This discussion assumes that acne is already present, whether it is on the face or on the body. Note that treating existing acne differs from acne prevention.

Pimples are pus-filled inflammations that are the first sign of acne. Pimples usually appear on the face or neck. Although you may fear ridicule by your peers, don't panic. They will get acne too if they don't already have it. Acne can be controlled and cured.

Employ these guidelines for safe, healthy acne care:

It cannot be avoided, but the effects and appearance of acne can be minimized. An acne breakout is your first warning to practice careful skin care procedures. You don't want to aggravate the already sensitive acne inflammation.

Never try to puncture, scratch, pop, or empty pimples by squeezing. In fact, try not to rub or touch them at all. Not only does physical contact irritate the problem further, it can introduce additional harmful bacteria to an already bad problem.

It is essential to keep your face as clean as possible at all times. Acne results when oil, bacteria and dirt build up and react in the pores and hair follicles. Cleansing your face regularly prevents this pre-acne buildup from forming. Existing acne can be further irritated by dirt, giving you another reason to keep your face clean.

There are many non-prescription (over the counter) creams, liquids, and ointments available for acne care. Choosing the right ones can help your acne problem. You want hypoallergenic products that are less irritating to your acne and your body as a whole.

Do not use cosmetics on top of acne during an acne inflammation. Makeup and cosmetics contain ingredients that may irritate existing acne, causing further pimples. In other words, trying to cover your pimples with makeup may well cause more pimples. It's a never-ending cycle, so avoid disguising your acne with cosmetics.

Not all these tips are easy to do. Teenagers are prone to follow the incorrect advice of their peers on acne treatments rather than the guidelines shown above.

Effective acne care requires commitment on your part. This is the price of having clearer, and even acne-free, skin. Make these guidelines part of your daily routine and you can improve your skin appearance and self esteem at the same time.

This article is ©2006 by Doug Smith, who invites you to browse his collection of free acne articles and tips on acne cures, acne prevention, and acne scar removal at This article may be freely reprinted as long as this copyright notice remains intact, the article is unchanged, and all hyperlinks remain active and clickable.

    Related Definitions, Terms, and Acronyms:
  • Acne myth - it is not caused by dirt.
  • Pizza face - an American slang derogatory remark for someone with severe facial acne inflammation.
  • Topical retinoids - include tretinoin (brand name Retin-A), adapalene (brand name Differin) and tazarotene (brand name Tazorac).
  • Pimple popping or popping a zit - should not be attempted by anyone but a qualified dermatologist. This irritates the skin and can spread the infection deeper into the skin and can cause permanent scarring.
  • More acne synonyms - abscess, acne, beauty spot, blackhead, blemish, blister, bloom, boil, bump, carbuncle, caruncle, doohickey, excrescence.

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