There are many types of acne, but the most common form occurs during adolescence when young people experience a significant increase in hormone levels. These hormones tell the glands in the skin to make more sebum. When this oil mixes with dead cells, it can clog your pores and also trap bacteria. The result is usually an raised area of tissue characterized by swelling, redness, and pus. Also known as “pimples,” these bumps are the most common symptom of acne.
Acne can occur anywhere on the face, neck, back, or chest, and severe cases can lead to social aversion or emotional and physical scars. Although mild acne cannot be completely prevented, you can take three steps to reduce its effect.
Gently clean your skin: wash your skin gently every day with warm water. Avoid scrubbing your face too hard or washing it often. Doing so may worsen acne. Also avoid using skin and hair care products that contain excess oils. Instead, use a water-based skin care soap that gently cleanses your skin, such as Neutrogena or Dove.
Application of topical ointments: At least once a day, but no more than three times a day, apply an over-the-counter topical ointment to problem areas. One of the best Clearasil products is benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide works to unclog clogged pores, while salicylic acid helps remove impurities by causing the top layer of skin to flake off.