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  • Wash the skin twice a day using a mild soap, especially after exercise.
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    Wash the skin twice a day using a mild soap, especially after exercise.

  • Avoid scrubbing the skin. Hard scrubbing of the skin is harmful because it irritates the openings of the oil glands and can cause them to be more tightly closed.
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    Avoid scrubbing the skin. Hard scrubbing of the skin is harmful because it irritates the openings of the oil glands and can cause them to be more tightly closed.

  • Avoid putting any oily or greasy substances on the face. Oily and greasy substances make acne worse by blocking oil glands. If unavoidable, use water-based cover-up cosmetics, and wash them off at bedtime.
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    Avoid putting any oily or greasy substances on the face. Oily and greasy substances make acne worse by blocking oil glands. If unavoidable, use water-based cover-up cosmetics, and wash them off at bedtime.

  • Shampoo the hair daily. Avoid hair tonics or hair creams especially greasy ones. These substances spread to the face and aggravate the acne.
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    Shampoo the hair daily. Avoid hair tonics or hair creams especially greasy ones. These substances spread to the face and aggravate the acne.

  • Avoid picking blackheads as this delays healing. In general, it is better not to "pop" pimples.
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    Avoid picking blackheads as this delays healing. In general, it is better not to "pop" pimples.

  • Exercise regularly and keep fit.
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    Exercise regularly and keep fit.

  • Wash your pillow covers regularly and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillows can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.
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    Wash your pillow covers regularly and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillows can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.

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    Don't stop the acne medicine too soon. It may take up to 8 weeks for a good response.

  • Avoid exposing your skin to other sources of oil and irritants. Break the habit of touching your face as your hands are often dirty.
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    Avoid exposing your skin to other sources of oil and irritants. Break the habit of touching your face as your hands are often dirty.

  • Drink plenty of water.
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    Drink plenty of water.

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