Acne is often thought of as the bane of a teenager's existence but the skin condition, marked by pimples and red splotches, can affect adults as well.
While consumers spend millions of dollars on skin medications to treat it, dermatologists say some simple changes to a person's skin care routine can have dramatic results.
"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."
Clearer skin without medicine
Friedrichs has come up with seven tips that she says can lead to clearer skin for most people:
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"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," Friedrichs said. "Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated."