With research showing that three in five teenagers say acne affects their self-confidence, the British Skin Foundation has issued some simple advice.

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, explained: “Acne, for the majority of people, is a treatable skin disorder, and having suffered with it myself, I really do feel that no one should just have to live with it. A good dermatologist can offer a large number of potential treatments that can be tailored to the individual. Unfortunately, the skin is such a visible organ that it’s only natural that self-esteem is so closely tied to it.”

Tips to cope with acne includes:

  • Cleanse your face twice a day with a face wash designed for acne-prone skin. Products that contain salicylic acid and zinc may be beneficial.
  • Exfoliate skin weekly – this will remove the upper layer of skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion and help reduce blackheads.
  • Avoid heavy cosmetics and products that will block pores and choose items that are oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • See your GP or a dermatologist if your acne fails to respond to these measures, if you notice scarring, or it is starting to affect your self-esteem.

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