Follow the full treatment prescribed by your health care provider. In addition you can:
- Wash your face 2 times a day with a gentle soap. Change your washcloth every day (bacteria can grow on damp cloth). Wash as soon as possible after you exercise.
- Wash your hands more frequently and avoid touching your face unnecessarily. Don't squeeze, pick, scratch, or rub your skin. Scars may form if you squeeze pimples. Don't rest your face on your hands while you read, study, or watch TV.
- Shampoo your hair at least twice a week. Pull your hair away from your face when you sleep. Style it away from your face during the day.
- Although researchers have not been able to show that any foods cause acne, some people have found that certain foods seem to worsen their acne. Keep a record of the foods you eat and try to see if any foods appear to make your acne worse. Try avoiding those foods.
- Avoid working in hot kitchens where greasy foods are cooked.
- Try not to get sunburned.
- Avoid extreme stress if possible. Practice stress reduction strategies such as exercise, meditation, and counseling if stress is extreme.
- Get physical exercise regularly.
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your health care provider. Keep a record of the treatments you have tried and how they have worked. There are many alternatives for you and your provider to try, so don't give up!