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How Can I Prevent Acne?

By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 20, 2019

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This Straight, No Chaser answers the simple question “How can I prevent acne?”

prevent acneWhat to Do

You can prevent pimples by keeping your face clean and your hands away from your face. Use any good cleanser or soap to gently wash the affected area two to three times daily. You treat most cases of mild acne with over-the-counter lotions or creams containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. You can also try dietary or herbal products like arnica, zinc, and tea tree oil.

If herbal or over-the-counter products do not work, a doctor may recommend a prescription medicine that can be applied to the skin or taken orally. If you have more than 10 blemishes on one side of your face or they are deep, painful and swollen, you should see a doctor. People over the age of 25 with acne may also need a doctor’s care for acne.

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0 thoughts on “How Can I Prevent Acne?

  1. Washing the face, using herbal remedies and even clindamycin did not work. Couldn’t adult acne be a sign of other things? My acne ended up being a precursor to SLE (Lupus).

    1. Hi, Lisa. I’ve seen this on several occasions. It is much more correct to say the rash of lupus is often confused as acne than it is to say that acne is a precursor to SLE. Lupus is among the most frustrating of medical conditions to diagnose because it can present in so many different ways, with other entities being discovered or diagnosed along the way. Further, once Lupus develops, it predisposes patients to many other conditions. All of this serves to confuse clinicians and patients. I hope your treatment is going well. Thanks for your question and for following Straight, No Chaser.

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