Recommended Guidelines in Treating Acne

Teen with Acne
Another important care problem for many adolescents is acne. Acne is also a problem for many adults. The psychological effects of acne are often severe because of the embarrassment that it causes. Although acne cannot be prevented or cured it can be controlled and minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following guidelines for teenagers in treating acne:

Wash skin two or three times per day with mild soap and water. Acne is not caused by dirt and excessive scrubbing will improve it; often it worsens the condition.

Use a mild soap. Special acne soaps often are not necessary.

Gently massage the soap into skin clean fingers or a washcloth.

Use hot water to wash, cool water for rinsing.

Gently pat skin dry.

Avoid using hard soaps or abrasive soaps.

Use topical benzoyl in 5 percent strength gel. This is available without a doctor’s prescription and available from drugstores and supermarkets. If after four to six weeks the acne isn’t better, increase to a 10 percent strength gel.

If improvement is not seen after using the 10 percent strength gel, see the doctor. The doctor can prescribe stronger treatments and advise in the proper use of these treatments.

Avoid touching and picking acne because these practices can irritate the acne and result in spreading to other areas of the body.

Use cosmetics sparingly, particularly those with oily creams can worsen acne. Oil-free or water-based cosmetics are best for individuals prone to acne.

Dietary restrictions are usually not necessary. Despite prevailing misconceptions, foods like chocolate, French fries, nuts, or cola drinks do not aggravate acne.
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