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Should I scrub my skin with acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You should not scrub your skin if you have acne. Scrubbing will not get rid of acne; it can irritate your skin and make your acne worse. Instead, use your fingertips to gently massage a mild, non-abrasive cleanser on your skin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Acne, the most common skin disorder, is caused by too much sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging your pores. While washing and cleansing the skin can remove the buildup of oil, hard scrubbing and rubbing acne-prone skin can worsen this condition. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin, nail, and hair conditions) about proper skin care.

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