My face is full of small pimples. What can I do to prevent this?

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adult young man washing his face near the sinkPimples and zits are a common skin condition called acne. About 70-90% of teens will have some kind of acne breakout during their adolescent years. Here are some tips for taking care of your skin:

    • Wash your skin twice a day (morning and before bed) with a mild soap-free cleanser such as Purpose®, Basis®, or Neutrogena® to remove oil.
    • Wash your face after you exercise as oil builds up and can clog pores.
    • Wash your face well after you come in contact with oils or grease such as working in a fast food restaurant.
    • Wash your hands before touching or rubbing your face and try not to rest your chin, cheek, or forehead on your hand. Just think of all of the things you may have touched during the day with your hands! Breaking this habit may help to clear up most of your problem areas.
    • Wash your hair regularly especially if it’s oily. Oil from your hair can make your face and neck extra oily.
    • Use “oil-free” sunscreen when you know you’ll be outside in the sun. Antibiotics and other acne medicine can make your skin burn faster with sun exposure.