Is washing skin twice a day enough to prevent acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Washing your skin twice a day may help prevent acne, but there is no guaranteed way to prevent acne altogether. Preventing acne requires a combination of strategies based on your skin type and condition. You may also need oil-free cleansers and products, along with over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription treatments. Acne is caused by too much sebum (oil) and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Washing your skin helps remove the buildup of oil and dead skin cells. If you need treatment for acne, talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions).

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