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The Basics Of Acne Care
Free Acne Tips by Doug Smith

What is a teenager's biggest nightmare? Acne. Unfortunately this skin disorder, characterized by pimples and other facial pustular eruptions, occurs during the time when teenagers are seeking social acceptance and want to blend in. Acne can trouble teens well beyond puberty, however, and has become a problem for people in their 20s and even their 30s. Therefore quality acne care information is always welcome.

Acne is prevalent primarily during the early teen years, but should be caught as early as possible for effective acne treatment. This article about acne care assumes that acne is already present on the face. Remember that the treatment of existing acne is different from preventing acne in the first place.

The first signs of acne are pimples (pus-filled inflammations) on the face and/or neck. Although this might seem like the end of your social world, don't panic! It can be controlled and cured.

Healthy and safe acne care can usually be achieved by following these guidelines:

  1. Acne cannot be avoided entirely, but its effects and appearance can be minimized. Once you have an acne breakout, this is a sign for you to practice more careful acne skin care procedures so that you don't aggravate the inflammation.

  2. Do not puncture, squeeze, pop, or scratch the pimples. Avoid rubbing or touching them at all to avoid excessive irritation. This will be difficult, because acne can be itchy. Please try not to yield to the temptation to scratch your acne.

  3. Keep your face clean at all times. This is essential for acne prevention, and it is doubly essential for acne care. Acne results from a build-up of oil, bacteria, and dirt under the skin. Keeping your face clean prevents this ugly pre-acne buildup. Existing acne is more sensitive to dirt, which is another reason to keep your face clean.

  4. Many over-the-counter (non-prescription) liquids, ointments, and creams exist for acne care. They certainly can help your acne problem, but be sure to choose acne care products that are right for you. Look for hypoallergenic products that do not contain allergenic ingredients that may trigger or irritate existing allergies.

  5. Avoid the use of cosmetics during an acne breakout. Cosmetics may have ingredients that might irritate the acne inflammation and cause further pimples.

Yes, some of these tips may be difficult to implement. Acne care requires commitment on your part, and this is this the price of having clear, acne-free skin. Acne care is all about your total self-esteem, not just the visible aspects of it.

This article is ©2005 by Doug Smith, who innvites you to browse his collection of free acne articles and tips on acne care 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:
  • Laser acne treatment - using visible light to successfully treat acne. In particular intense blue light generated by purpose-built fluorescent lighting, LEDs or lasers is used.
  • Non-prescription acne treatments - many are sold without any proven effects.
  • Zit - a pimple (U.S. slang).
  • Blemish - a small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.
  • Skin - an organ of the integumentary system composed of a layer of tissues protecting underlying muscles and organs.

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