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Lifestyle approach

People with acne sometimes find that lifestyle measures help improve the appearance and reduce the discomfort of affected skin. These typically involve basic skin care:

Lifestyle measures (MayoClinic)

Use a gentle cleanser

Stay away from facial scrubs, astringents, and mask—they tend to irritate skin, which can make acne worse Very frequent washing or scrubbing can also irritate skin

Use noncomedogenic skin products

You may want to avoid oily or greasy cosmetics, hairstyling products or acne concealers Look for products labeled "water-based" or "noncomedogenic"

Stay out of the sun

The sun can make acne worse for some people Acne medications can also make you more susceptible to the sun's rays Check with your doctor to see if your medication makes you more sensitive to the sun, and if so, stay out of the sun as much as possible If you do need to be in the sun, use a noncomedogenic sunscreen that won’t clog your pores.

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