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Dealing with acne? You’re not alone. It’s a common condition affecting the skin on the face, back and chest, and can vary from a few mild spots to quite severe flare ups.

For many people with acne, these symptoms can be embarrassing and often has an impact self-esteem, especially in the summer months – but there are a number of skin care tips  you can try to prevent new spots and scarring. Here are a few of them:

  1.     Cut down on frequent washing

Sometimes it’s best to minimise the amount you wash the affected area – otherwise you may risk making symptoms worse. Wash no more than twice a day with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. Frequent washing can lead to skin dehydration which, in turn, causes an excess of oil production thereby further causing flare ups.

  1.     Don’t pick or squeeze spots

Resist the temptation to ‘clean out’ blackheads or squeeze spots. This can actually aggravate them, spread bacteria, and lead to permanent scarring.

  1.     Avoid wearing lots of makeup

Makeup and cosmetics can block the pores of your skin and irritate your acne, so opt for oil-free or water-based products labelled ‘non-comedogenic.’ Always remember to completely remove your make-up before going to bed and allow your skin to breathe whenever possible.

  1.     Exercise regularly

While working out doesn’t directly improve your acne, it can release feel-good chemicals called endorphins that may boost your mood and help with self-esteem. Be careful, however, as, excessive sweating can aggravate acne, so be sure to shower after exercising.

  1.     Take action as soon as possible

Tackle your acne at the first signs of it showing. Though the skin condition cannot be ‘cured’, there are many ways to treat it. Over the counter treatments are a good place to start, but if you are still finding your acne troublesome there are medicines that can be either taken orally or applied directly to the skin. Prescription strength creams, lotions and gels are available at your local or online pharmacy.

As well as these home remedies, the best course of action for your acne is to arrange a quick and easy consultation with your GP or online doctor.