Taking care of acne prone skin can take a bit more effort since you want to keep your skin healthy and prevent breakouts.

When you are breaking out, you may need to take additional measures to take care of your skin beyond using an over-the-counter or prescription acne medication.

Since your skin may be more sensitive and you are trying to keep acne at bay, you are essentially trying to accomplish two things: keeping your skin healthy and protected and preventing future breakouts. The last thing you want is scars and wrinkled skin after you’ve finally cleared up your acne!

Keep these tips in mind to keep your skin looking its best:

1. CLEANSE SKIN DAILY.

Use a mild cleanser twice daily, in the morning and evening, and after heavy workouts. It is important to wash the cleanser off thoroughly with lots of water to ensure none of the product remains to clog your pores. Over-scrubbing does not stop acne and can even make the problem worse.

2. STOP PICKING AT PIMPLES.

People who pick, squeeze, or pinch their pimples can get scars or dark spots on their skin. It is best to start taking proper care of your skin now to prevent further outbreaks. Consider using a generous amount of a benzoyl peroxide-based product such as Repiderm.

3. USE SUNSCREEN DAILY.

Many common acne medicines can make your skin more sensitive or susceptible to burn in the sun. In addition to stopping a burn, sunscreen can also be beneficial as exposure ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B (UVA and UVB) light can lead to wrinkles and cancer. Look for a sunscreen with protection against UVA and UVB rays, typically referred to as a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen.

4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP.

It is recommended that people with acne use oil-free makeup. Look for makeup with the word “noncomedogenic” on the label. Noncomedogenic makeup does not clog pores. Unfortunately, some people still get acne even if they use noncomedogenic products.

5. SHAMPOO YOUR HAIR REGULARLY.

If your hair is oily or you notice more breakouts near your hairline, consider shampooing daily to keep the oil at bay and ensure the entire area is clean.