How To Prevent Acne

There is no cure for acne and most of us will experience a breakout from time to time. In this video, Dr. Bobby Buka shares a few tips on how to prevent acne and minimize the effects of pimples on your skin.

Avoid touching your skin, and cleanse your face 1-2 times a day using a gentle non-soap facial cleanser. If you have been sweating from heat or exercise, or if you work in an environment with oil in the air like a kitchen, make sure to wash up as soon as possible. 

Washing too much can dry out the skin. You should also avoid toners, rubbing alcohol and abrasive scrubs that can cause skin irritation. Use water-based products that won't clog your pores. When choosing skincare products, select brands that are labeled non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. These products are less likely to cause acne breakouts and skin irritation. You can also find products made with acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. But don't overdo it; too much can dry out the skin, leading to skin irritation and more pimples. If the products you are using cause acne breakouts, stop using them and consult with your doctor. 

Keep hair spray and styling gels away from your face, as these products can clog pores. If you develop pimples on your chest, neck or back, avoid tight-fighting clothes that can cause skin irritation. Avoid excessive sun exposure, as this can also make skin dry and irritated. However, a little UV exposure can slow bacteria growth. Make sure to use a non-comedogenic sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when out in the sun.

Studies now show that skim milk, perhaps due to hormones, may lead to acne. High glycemic index foods can also lead to acne breakouts, so limit sugary junk foods as well as white bread, pasta and potatoes. 

These tips on how to prevent acne can help, but if you are experiencing severe acne it may be time to see your dermatologist. 

Dr. Bobby Buka

This video features Dr. Bobby Buka. Dr. Bobby Buka is a Section Chief at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Buka is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology & Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Duration: 03:08.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Holly Atkinson, Dr. Supriya Jain . Review date: August 24, 2012
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