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      Category : Health Centers > Skin Conditions


Alternate Names : Acne Vulgaris, Pimples

Acne | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Measures to prevent or minimize acne include the following:

  • washing the face twice a day with a mild soap and patting it dry
  • avoiding any picking, squeezing, or popping of comedones, pimples, pustules, and cysts. This type of manipulation actually makes the acne worse.
  • selecting skin care products labeled as noncomedogenic, which means they don't clog pores. Look for the noncomedogenic label on makeup, foundation, moisturizers, and creams.
  • avoiding prolonged exposure to oil and grease in settings such as fast-food restaurants and automotive shops
  • avoiding unnecessary friction from hair, clothing, or sporting equipment
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Long-term acne can lead to permanent scarring. It can also decrease a person's self esteem and confidence.

    What are the risks to others?

    Acne is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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