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Skin Care Basics

Skin care tips for everyone

When to see a healthcare professional about your skin

There are many over-the-counter (OTC) choices when it comes to acne treatment. One or more of them might work for your acne. But chances are, if you’re here, you’re looking for something more.

There aren’t any OTC products that target acne hormones, so if you’re starting to struggle with acne, it may be time to visit a dermatology professional to see if a prescription treatment might be right for you.

Learn more about visiting a dermatology office

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Your Routine, Explained

A good skin care routine can help your skin stay healthy and feel good. Below is an example of a basic skin care routine. If you have other products like serums or masks you want to incorporate, ask your dermatology professional to help customize your routine.

Ask your dermatology professional to recommend the right products and help tailor your routine for your skin.

  1. 1. Cleanser

    Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup.

  2. If you use a prescription or over-the-counter skin care product, like an acne treatment, this should be used right after cleansing. Many treatments can’t penetrate through other products so by using it first, you may be able to get the most benefit from it. Be sure to follow any instructions from your dermatology professional.

  3. Using a daily moisturizer can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated. This step can be extra important when using some prescription acne treatments that may be drying.

  4. It’s important to use an SPF every morning to protect your skin from sun damage.

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Customize your own skin care routine

Facial Cleansing 101

Before using other facial products, it’s important to start with a clean slate.

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Choose a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.

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Wet your face with warm water.

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Apply a cleanser to your hands and lather (if applicable).

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Gently apply to your face and massage.

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Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

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Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

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AH-ha! Moments

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