One of the best ways to reduce acne is to follow a daily routine that provides you with the necessary steps to prevent a break out. These steps if done daily will eliminate the majority of your acne symptoms in most cases.
First, use a mild soap like Dove or Ivory. This should be done twice a day, if it makes it easier to remember wash first thing in the morning and last thing before bed at night. You can also wash using a soap that contains Benzoyl Peroxide if you want to add a medicated solution to your washing routine. It is important to remember not to scrub but to wash gently. This is to prevent irritation to the skin.
If you have, long hair remember to keep it out of the face and off your shoulders if you are prone to acne breakouts. The oil from your hair brushing your face can cause breakouts to occur. If possible, wash your hair daily.
When shaving be sure to heat the area, then apply shaving gel or cream and shave with the growth grain of the hair. Be sure to use only a single bladed razor. If feasible, use a fresh razor every time you shave. This helps to prevent infections.
For those who wear makeup be sure to use hypoallergenic or sensitive skin cosmetics. If possible, avoid wearing any at all in the areas you are most likely to break out.
Scaring and infections are possible if you pick or attempt to deal with your blemishes in any other way than a normal acne treatment, so it is best to avoid doing this.
Use an acne medication, these are easy to find and a number of different products are available. The two most common components to look for are Benzoyl Peroxide or salicylic acid. Start at the lowest concentration and work up to avoid side effects. If the product contains more than 5%, speak with a doctor before using this product. You should wait at least 30 minutes after you wash your face before applying these medicated products. This will help to reduce the dryness that can sometimes occur.
Eat healthy while foods have no direct link to acne providing your body with the necessary things it needs can help keep your skin healthy and that can help to prevent breakouts. You may also want to consider taking a daily vitamin supplement to help provide your body with the vitamins it needs.