Need Help for Acne?

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Want help for acne? You'll find it here.

Acne isn't just a teenage problem. Yes, it affects mostly young people between 12 and 24 years old. But there are also many mature people in their 30s, 40s, even older, who have acne.

Click here to read about adult onset acne.

You may have heard some people say acne isn't a big deal because it's part of being a teenager or young adult. Sorry, but that's balderdash.

Yes, most young people get acne, but it's still a skin disease, (or disorder, if you prefer). It can be controlled. And it doesn't always go away as you get older - hey, look at me!

So it's OK to take acne seriously.

If you'd like help for acne, you've come to the right place. I've been there, suffered that and survived embarrassment and damage to my street cred.

Acne can be difficult to manage because it is often chronic and it doesn't seem to ever go away completely. That's why it helps to have a long-term maintenance plan and to follow it even when your skin is clear.

So it makes sense to take control of your acne and not let it have the run of your skin.

Even if you are using acne medication, you will get some tips here that your health care provider may not have shared with you. So read on and you'll get help for acne.

And if you prefer to manage your acne without using drugs, you'll find acne information here that will help you achieve your goal.

Acne is one of the commonest skin problems and it isn't just teenagers who are affected. Many adults also have acne, and some babies even have it too.

Click here to see what causes acne.

Sadly, there is yet no cure for this condition but it can be controlled for long periods. And you can get help for acne right here.

I've had acne for years and the medicated creams and lotions (containing benzoyl peroxide) didn't do me much good. Rather, they irritated and burned my skin. And the spots kept coming! At the time I didn't know there was help for acne that didn't have all those side effects.

Over the years I've learned how to control my acne so that breakouts are now few and far between. I'll share this information with you on the following pages. Just click on any topic that interests you.

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Acne tip:

Be patient when you are trying out a new strategy to help with acne. Nothing works instantly, not even medical treatments, so give your chosen method some time (at least 6 weeks) before deciding it doesn't work.

Of course if the side effects are too difficult to cope with, you don't have to stick with a particular strategy for long.

Be gentle with your skin. Don't scrub or cleanse too much - twice a day is usually enough. An effective cleanser is an important part of any acne control strategy.

But many cleansers are harsh and contain perfumes and chemicals that can worsen acne. If you use a harsh cleanser, this can make your skin dry and cause the oil glands to overcompensate by producing even more oil. And you don't want that.

So don't use soap as this can dry out the skin. Instead use a mild, non-drying, non-irritating cleanser. Wash your face from under the jaw to the hairline. Rinse thoroughly and follow with a non-alcohol toner.

Don't use any product that feels heavy. Choose your moisturizers and other products with care.

Use a clay mask twice or three times a week to absorb excess oil.

Exfoliate the skin once a week.

Choose your hairstyling products with care. Hair dyes that contain coal tar may trigger acne. Other possible triggers are perfume and hair spray.

Avoid standing near foods that are being fried. That doesn't mean you can't eat them just so long as you aren't the one who fries them - haha!

What's diet got to do with acne, anyway? That's a loaded question all right. Go here to see the answer.

If your breakouts are mainly around your chin and jawline, your phone may be the problem. Clean the mouthpiece and receiver every day with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and keep the phone away from your skin.

I know you've heard this before but it's true. Don't squeeze pimples - this can cause scarring. Also don't touch your face too often because this can spread the bacteria.

Click here for more acne skin care tips.

If you use acne medications, don't overcoat your face with it and don't use them more often than prescribed. This may help to minimize the side effects of irritation and redness.

Because acne medicines can dry the skin, you will also need to use a good moisturizer. Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, help for acne includes giving your skin some hydration.

Also, you need to know the possible risks of any acne medicines you are using, and stay alert for any signs that you are reacting to them. Always read the label.

WARNING: Some acne medications can cause serious birth defects, so if you are thinking of getting pregnant (and even if you aren't, but could) check with your health care provider about the safety of any acne drugs you are using.

Click here to read about acne treatment during pregnancy.

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