Though difficult to prevent, there are many steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of acne.
Dr Farah Gilani
Dr Faiza Khalid
Next Review: Sep 1, 2025
Top tips: how to prevent acne
Though difficult to prevent, there are many steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of acne. These small lifestyle changes address the common causes of acne that lead to breakouts.
If you want to know what steps you can take towards acne prevention, we can help with:
How do you fight acne? And can acne be cured
This chapter covers
- Avoid excessive washing
- Don’t touch your face
- Use sunscreen
Avoid excessive washing
While it is sensible to wash with a gentle cleanser, you should avoid washing affected areas more than twice a day. Excessive washing can irritate the skin and aggravate symptoms.
Stress can aggravate acne. Try to get enough sleep and practice relaxation techniques in order to reduce the risk of breakouts.
Don’t touch your face
Touching your face can trigger more acne, lead to infection or cause permanent scarring.
If you find that the sun aggravates your acne, you aren’t alone. Some acne medications make you more susceptible to the sun’s rays. Try to regularly use a noncomedogenic sunscreen. It is recommended that everyone uses sunscreen on the face daily, regardless of underlying skin conditions, in order to protect the skin from sun damage.
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