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
* 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.
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