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Proper skin care can speed up your acne treatment. Here are some skin care tips that will help you get bright and clear skin quickly.

  • Apply topical medicine on dry skin. Do not apply medicine immediately after washing your face. Pat dry face after washing and wait for at least 15 minutes before you apply your medicine. Applying medicine on wet face can cause irritation.

  • Overuse of medicines does not cure acne faster. That may cause other side effects. Use medicine as prescribed.

  • Don't squeeze out blackheads or whiteheads. That may lead to infection. Squeezing out comedones may also increase pore size. Picking at pimples (papules and pustules) may cause aggravation of pimples and scarring.

  • Excessive dirt does not cause acne. It is good to keep skin clean, but dirt is not the cause of acne. In blackheads the black color is not because of dirt, but that is oxidized sebum. Excessive cleaning of skin may aggravate the acne by activating sebaceous glands. Gently clean your face twice a day with mild soap or cleansers formulated to care for acne and warm water. Pat dry, don't rub.

  • Use non-comedogenic skin care products and cosmetics. These products do not cause blackheads and whiteheads. Comedogenic skin care products may cause whiteheads and blackheads.

  • Most of the acne medicines increase skin sensitivity to sun. Protect your skin from sun with sunscreen. Take care not to expose skin to sun. Avoid tanning beds and lamps.

  • Use cosmetic treatments such as facials, only after your acne clears. Facials may aggravate your acne.

  • Avoid touching acne spots with your fingers. It may worsen the condition. Make sure that your hair bangs do not touch a large portion of your face.

  • Keep your face free of makeup as much as possible if you have acne. Let the skin breathe fresh air. Also avoid using any oil or oil-rich products for your hair. Use oil-free hair care products.

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Despite the belief that acne gets cleared by sunshine, there is no scientific evidence to this. Excess sun can damage your skin rather than treating acne.

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