Acne, it doesn't care if you're a teenager, in your twenties or mid-life. Some people are lucky enough to not have to deal with acne breakouts, but others of us have acne for most of our lives.

An estimated 40 to 50 million Americans have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If you're one of them, you're not alone!

Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. Dermatologists think acne arises from the overproduction of natural oils in the skin, dead skin cells, inflammation and the buildup of bacteria.

With loads of bacteria, the pore becomes inflamed (swollen and red). If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule develops. The good news is that there are many good acne treatmentoptions out there, along with dermatologist recommended daily tips to get you on your way to clearer skin.

Below you'll find 8 important skin care habits that can help improve acne, if not banish it all together!

Tip #1 Apply your acne treatment on areas prone to breakouts (not just one pimple):

To prevent new blemishes, spread a thin layer of the acne product evenly over your acne-prone skin. (For example, if you tend to breakout on your forehead, nose, and chin, you'll want to apply the treatment evenly on all of these areas).

Tip #2 Give your acne treatment time to work:

According to American Academy of Dermatology, you want to use an acne product for at least 6 to 8 weeks. It takes that long to see some improvement. If you don’t see any improvement by then, try another product or visit a dermatologist. Usually complete clearing of acne generally takes 3 to 4 months.

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Tip #3 Keep your hands off your face:

A study confirmed the average person touches their face 3.6 times every hour. Your hands are triggers for acne-prone skin, they carry excess sebum, excess skin shedding, bacteria and more. Acne is caused by a combination of factors: excess oil, excess skin shedding and a strain of bacteria called p. acnes bacteria.

Be aware of how often you touch your face and try to reduce it; that means no scratching, using your hands to rest your head or your cheeks, etc.. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly first.  

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Tip #4 Wash your pillowcase at least once a week:

When your pillowcase isn't laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. Acne mechanicais any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face or skin. If you follow a consistent nighttime beauty routine (washing your face and applying acne product) and your skin still isn't clearing up, your pillowcase could be part of the problem.

Dermatologists recommend washing your pillowcase at least once a week. Also, stick with fragrance-free detergent and avoid using anti-static/softener dryer-sheets which can trigger acne.

Tip #5 Remove your makeup before you go to bed:

No exceptions! If you’re too tired to wash your face, use a good makeup remover or a makeup remover towelette. Just make sure it's non-comedogenic.

Tip #6 Use non-comedogenic products:

Products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won't clog pores” usually do not cause breakouts in most people. Many hair, skin, and makeup products can cause acne, especially if they contain oils.

Sometimes the sneaky culprit can be hairspray or other hair care products. Try ruling out certain products one by one, to see if your skin improves.

Tip #7 Avoid sharing makeup, brushes, or applicators:

Sharing makeup can lead to blemishes. Acne isn’t contagious, but when you share makeup the acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells on other people’s skin can wind up in your makeup. When you use that makeup, you can transfer the bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells to your skin. These can clog your pores, leading to breakouts.

Tip #8 Wash your face twice a day:

When you wake up and before you go to bed. Washing your face too often can trigger acne. Remember not to scrub your face harshly; it can irritate your skin even more. You’ll also want to wash-up when you finish an activity that makes you sweat.

Be gentle when washing your face and other skin with acne. Use a gentle cleanser. First wash your hands. Then apply the cleanser lightly with your fingertips, using a circular motion. Gently rinse with warm water, using only your fingers. Then pat your skin dry with a clean towel or air dry.

Many people can control their acne by following the above skin care tips and using over-the- counter acne products. If your acne persists after giving these tips a chance to work, seeing your dermatologist may be in order. With the right help, almost everyone with acne will see clearer skin.

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