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Health Tip: Facing Acne

Many adult women experience mild-to-moderate acne due to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, their menstrual cycles, or starting or stopping birth control pills.

The Mayo Clinic says you can avoid or control most acne with good basic skin care techniques:

    * Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser. Products such as facial scrubs, astringents, and masks generally aren't recommended because they tend to irritate skin, which can aggravate acne. Excessive washing and scrubbing also can irritate skin. If you tend to develop acne around your hairline, shampoo your hair frequently but don't overdo it.

    * Try over-the-counter acne lotion to dry excess oil and promote peeling. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol or salicylic acid as the active ingredient.

    * Avoid irritants. Try to shun oily or greasy cosmetics, oily sunscreens, hair-styling products or acne concealers. Use products labeled "water-based" or "noncomedogenic."

    * Watch what touches your face. Keep your hair clean and off your face. Also avoid resting objects such as telephone receivers on your face.

    * Don't pick or squeeze blemishes. Picking or squeezing can cause infection or scarring. If you need aggressive treatment, see your doctor or dermatologist.