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Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., although dermatologists say its severity can often be reduced with simple changes to a person’s skin care routine.
“It’s very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse,” said Amanda Friedrichs, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Sycamore, Ill. “In order for acne to improve, people with acne must be gentle when touching their skin and use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol free.”
For clearer skin, Friedrichs recommends people with acne also follow these tips:
“Make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, the products you’ve tried haven’t worked, or your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin,” says Friedrichs. “Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated.”
These tips are demonstrated in Acne: Tips to Help You See Clearer Skin, a video posted to the American Academy of Dermatology's website and its YouTube channel. This video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which features videos with tips on how people can properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series will be posted to the Academy website and the YouTube channel each month. To view the video series, click here.