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How to prevent and get rid of acne

Updated on October 14, 2010

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by oil glands producing too much oil and accumulating under the skin, where it collects with dead skin cells and allows bacteria to form. This in turn causes inflammation and the swelling and redness. Oil glands are activated by hormones, which is why people tend to get acne when going through puberty.

Cleaning your skin will only help to get rid of excess oil, but generally will not solve your acne problems. There are a few things you can do that will help you prevent acne, although I'll tell you right now that limiting your Pepsi and chocolate intake won't do anything at all for your acne. Be sure to read all the way through, because my #1 acne fighting tip is at the bottom.

Avoid drying out your skin

Washing your skin is important, but too much washing can leave it dry, especially if you don't use gentle soaps like Dove. You should always wash after sweating, because your oil glands are especially active during that time. It's also true that working around too much grease, such as at a McDonald's, can clog the pours on your face and cause acne.

What skin products are best?

Whatever you put on your skin, look for these two words: noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic. These words basically mean they won't clog up your pours.

What about back acne?

A lot of people get acne on their back. The best thing you can do is limit your exposure to oils and wash after sweating, and also avoid tight-fitting clothes.

Are there over the counter products for acne?

Yes. Benzoyle peroxide is the ingredient you should be looking for. Salicylic acid is also good for drying out pimples.

My secret tip for getting rid of pimples on your face

Alright, here's one that most people don't know about: wrap a CLEAN towel around your pillow every single night before you go to bed. The towel will absorb more oils than your pillow cover, and by putting a clean one on every night you won't be resting your head in oils from your face from previous nights. This one tip has worked for many people to clean up acne on their face in a matter of a week or two.

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    Doug Robinson 

    7 years ago from Midwest

    Interesting advice - I wasn't expecting the "pillow" angle, but it makes perfect sense.

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    nocreditneeded 

    7 years ago from Texas

    I used to work at a Long John Silvers. Everything there is deepfried, so you want to talk about getting covered with grease! And yes, it did contribute to my acne at the time. I tried to take a shower when I went home at night, but sometimes I was just too danged exhausted.

    Great hub.

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