Does good hygiene help in managing acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

It’s a myth that acne is caused by poor hygiene, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But acne treatment and regular skin cleaning can help keep outbreaks in check. Since acne is caused by bacteria that invade oil trapped inside clogged pores, washing your face gently with a mild cleanser twice a day can help keep your skin healthy. But avoid scrubbing or using harsh soaps, which can make your acne worse. 

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