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Acne Treatment At Home

Acne treatment you can do at home:

Washing

Keep the areas affected by acne clean by washing twice a day with a perfume free cleanser. Pat the skin dry, do not rub vigorously.

Other acne treatment for greasy skin includes antibacterial face cleansers although these should be used sparingly to avoid stripping the skin of necessary natural oils.

Use "noncomedogenic" cosmetics and toiletries.

Avoid oils, airborne grease, irritating clothing or sporting equipment, that can aggravate the acne conditon.

Avoid picking the spots.

Some physicians strongly discourage squeezing the spots.

On the other hand, James E. Fulton, M.D., Ph.D., believes squeezing pimples can speed healing and reduce scarring.

However, it must be done the right way.

A few days after you notice a yellowish center appearing, wash with a simple soap and water.

Expose the skin to steam by holding it over hot water for five minutes.

Then, with properly trimmed fingernails, wash the hands thoroughly, wrap tissues round the fingertips and try and pop the blackhead. If it doesn't work after one or two tries, don't force it, leave it.

James E. Fulton is the director of the Acne Research Institute in Newport Beach, California. He has written an excellent book for anyone concerned about acne treatment: "Acne RX"

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Over-the-counter acne treatment available from most pharmacies

These readily available solutions are fine for treating mild acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide is a main ingredient in many solutions you will purchase for acne treatment.

The Benzoyl Peroxide dries out the skin so the surface layer of dead skin is shed more easily.

Along with it's anti-bacterial action, Benzoyl Peroxide reduces the risk of the pores and ducts becoming blocked which leads to infection.

Note: Benzoyl Peroxide can affect more sensitive skin with redness and peeling initially but these symptoms disappear after a few days for the majority of users.

To understand the role of a physician in acne treatment and the various kinds of prescription remedies available, check this very informative site from the American Academy of Dermatology:
http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/

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