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Acne mistakes

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 4, 2021.

People with acne might see better results if they avoid these common skin care mistakes:

  • Using oily products. Avoid oily or greasy cosmetics, moisturizers, sunscreens and acne cover-ups. Prefer products that are water based and not likely to block pores (noncomedogenic).
  • Forgetting to wash your face daily. Problem areas need gentle cleansing with lukewarm water and mild soap. Do this twice a day and after sweating.
  • Being too rough with your skin. Scrubbing too hard or using harsh products such as astringents and masks can worsen acne.
  • Touching your face. Keep your hands, phone and hair away from your face. Too much contact can cause flare-ups.
  • Picking or squeezing pimples. This can cause an infection or scar.

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