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Picking, squeezing, and popping your pimples will spread the oil that causes acne.

Change pillowcases and towels as often as possible to avoid recycling the oils from skin and hair each time you shower, wash your face, or nap. Wipe down your telephone and cell phone before and after using them.

Keep pores clear of excess oils. Avoid oil-based cosmetics, hair products, and moisturizers. Look for products advertised as non-comedogenic.

Product treatments: Effective acne treatments don't just treat present bumps - they prevent future breakouts. To achieve this, you'll need to control your skin's oil production, clogged pores, and P. acnes (breakout-causing bacteria) in the long term. This means that, yes, the cure rate is slow. It may be almost eight weeks before your acne flareups subside. And keep in mind that while acne can be treated, there

Retinoids (a chemical similar to Vitamin A) can also shrink oil glands and reduce acne. Birth control pills may reduce the size of oil glands, helping reduce the likelihood of acne.

Severe acne cysts may require treatment by a dermatologist. Steroid injections and topical steroids may relieve these deep growths and prevent scarring. Talk with your dermatologist to find out if your acne can be treated with gentler methods first.

To unclog your pores, you'll need to both dislodge the bad oils and exfoliate dead skin cells. Clogged pores can be treated with topical products like tretinoin, (Renova and Retin-A), as well as Differin, Tazorac, and Retinol. Prescription oral retinoids like Accutane are also a possibility.

Stop P. acne bacteria from getting into your pores. Like all bacteria, P. acne can be eliminated with antibiotics. Erythromycin, Tetracycline and clindamycin are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory antibiotics that can kill off these pus-producing pests. However, the human body is wired to build immunity against many antibiotics, and erythromycin is one of these. 60% of patients will build resistance to this drug.