Acne-cleansing Diet: Fast Facts

  1. Whether you're male or female, you have the male hormone testosterone, which causes acne as a result of too much oil production. Learn more about testosterone's role in acne.
  1. An exfoliant facial wash might sound nice, but it could actually make your complexion worse -- extra scrubbing can irritate the skin and cause acne to become more inflamed. Learn more about how to wash your face.
  1. Though you might not think of acid as being the first thing you want to put on your face, salicylic acid has a reputation as an effective acne fighter. You can find the acid in low amounts in over-the-counter brand cleansers and higher doses in prescription cleansers. Learn more about salicylic acid.
  1. Patience is key when trying out an acne fighter. Benzoyl peroxide, for example, can take four to six weeks to become effective. Learn more about benzoyl peroxide.
  1. You might think dry skin is crucial to an acne-free face -- after all, you're rid of the oil. However, overdrying your skin can actually cause it to produce even more oil to compensate, so be sure to moisturize properly. Learn more about moisturizing.

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