I have a terrible case of acne all over my back and face and I feel like hiding in a paper bag. What can I do?

girl popping pimpleIf you have acne and you’re a teen, you’re not alone. Most teens will have a breakout at some point during their teen years. Taking good care of your skin and avoiding things that can irritate it will help. If you’re worried about your skin, talk to your health care provider or see a dermatologist (skin specialist). There are treatments for acne.

In the meantime, try to avoid things that can irritate your skin and cause acne, such as:

  • Squeezing pimples and picking at your skin
  • Tight headbands, helmets or wool hats
  • Greasy lotions, hair products, and oily makeup
  • Grease-filled air in restaurant kitchens – if you work in this type of environment, be sure to wash your face when you get home.
  • Stress. When you are emotionally stressed your body makes extra hormones that can cause breakouts. Try to learn ways you can de-stress and relax.

If you already do the following, good job!

  • Wash your skin twice a day (morning and before bed) with a mild soap such as Purpose®, Basis®, or Neutrogena® to remove oil.
  • Wash your face after you exercise.
  • Wash your hands before touching or rubbing your face.
  • Wash your hair regularly especially if it’s oily.
  • Use “oil-free” sunscreen.