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I don’t have acne on a regular basis, but sometimes I get flare ups and major breakouts. Is there anything I can do to prevent them?

Acne flare ups can be caused by a number of different things and recognizing your triggers could help you to avoid future flare ups. Common triggers for acne include: • Hormonal changes (e.g. related to the menstrual cycle or puberty) • Dietary factors (e.g. consuming a diet high in sugar) • Touching your face with… Read More

How do I deal with pimples that are in awkward spots, like my nose or on my eyelid?

For pimples that are close to sensitive areas such as the eyes or other mucous membranes (for example, the lining of the nose or mouth), it is best to avoid using cleansers, creams, lotions or gels that contain potentially irritating products. For instance, although benzoyl peroxide is known to be effective against acne, you should… Read More

Does drinking more water really help your skin?

Maintaining skin hydration is important in the management of acne, since over-drying of the skin can cause irritation to acne lesions. Unfortunately, drinking more water has not been shown in research studies to improve skin hydration, overall appearance of the skin, or acne directly. However, drinking more water could have an indirect benefit on acne… Read More

Do I treat body acne the same as acne on my face?

For the most part, body acne is managed similar to facial acne. Treatment options may include over the counter topical agents (e.g., benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur), topical agents that require a prescription (e.g., retinoic acid, clindamycin lotion, adapalene) and oral antibiotics (tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin, doxycycline), which also require a prescription. Isotretinoin, also an oral… Read More