Keeping the face clean, moisturizing, using an over-the-counter acne product, using makeup sparingly, and exercising daily reduce acne. Consulting a dermatologist for advice on treatment and prevention is also effective for the reduction of acne.
Wash the face no more than twice daily to remove extra oil, dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of the skin. Do not use hot water or a harsh soap, such as deodorant body soap, to avoid irritating the skin. Use a very soft cloth or the hands rather than scrubbing the skin with a harsh item. Rinse the soap well, and dry the face with a clean towel.
Use a moisturizer specifically made for dry, combination or oily skin to prevent skin peeling and dryness. Look for noncomedogenic moisturizers; this means that the product should not cause more acne. Use a small amount of an over-the-counter acne product that contains salicylic acid, lactic acid or benzoyl peroxide to curb bacteria and dry the skin.
Use noncomedogenic makeup that is oil-, dye- and chemical-free to prevent causing more acne. Avoid wearing makeup during a breakout, or be sure to wash it completely off at the end of the day. Exercise regularly for healthy skin, and do not wear clothes or use equipment that rubs against the skin and causes irritation. Bathe immediately after exercise to reduce acne.