Did you know about 8 in 10 preteens and teens have acne, along with many adults? In fact, about 17 million people in the United States have acne. Acne is so common that it's considered a normal part of growing from a kid to an adult.
Knowing that doesn't make it easier when you look in the mirror and see a big pimple on your chin! The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to help you feel better about your face.
- To help prevent the oil buildup that can lead to acne, wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser, try to use all natural or organic soaps or washes to avoid heavy chemicals.
- Don't scrub your face. Scrubbing can actually make acne worse by irritating the skin. Wash gently, using your hands instead of a washcloth.
- If you wear makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen, make sure they are "oil-free," "noncomedogenic," or "nonacnegenic."
- When you wash your face, take the time to remove all of your makeup.
- If you use hair sprays or gels, try to keep them away from your face because they can clog pores.
- If you have long hair, keep it away from your face and wash it regularly to reduce oil.
- Baseball caps and other hats can cause pimples along the hairline. Avoid them if you think they are making your acne worse.
- Wash your face after you've been exercising and sweating a lot.
- Try not to touch your face.
- Don't pick, squeeze, or pop pimples.
When you use a product for acne, be sure to follow the directions exactly. Don't use more than you're supposed to because this can make your skin very red and very dry. It's also good to try just a little bit at first to be sure that you're not allergic to the product. Don't give up if you don't see results the next day. Acne medicine can take weeks or months to work.
If you have acne, now you know some ways to improve your skin. And remember that you're not alone. Look around at your friends and you'll see that many kids, adults, and teens are in it together!