Can acne be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although acne can't really be prevented, good general skin care habits can help make skin as healthy as possible. Use a mild soap or cleanser to wash the face once or twice a day. Don't use harsh soaps or scrub too hard, because that can actually just irritate the skin more and lead to more acne. Use water-based cosmetics, since oil-based makeup is thicker and can clog pores more easily. A balanced diet also helps the skin-even though specific foods don't cause acne, a nutritious diet, including lots of water, can help keep skin healthy.

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